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At Lipson Cooperative Academy we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

PSHE education is delivered to years 7, 8 and 9 within Citizenship lessons which are timetabled for one hour a week. Students follow a spiral programme covering five key topic areas which are revisited each year as a child moves through the school. In providing a spiral programme of knowledge, skills and attitudinal development, prior learning can be revisited, reinforced and extended in an age appropriate context.

The programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Economic Wellbeing and the World of Work
  • Relationships
  • British Values
  • Living in the Wider World

PSHE education is also delivered to students of all age-groups in the form of workshops and projects undertaken throughout the year.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education forms part of the tutorial programme where students work on a variety of tasks to develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of issues. The chosen topic will form the basis of assemblies taken during the week.

Within the SMSC programme there are certain events during the year that are always observed such as Remembrance, Holocaust Memorial Day and major cultural festivals. At times topics are selected as deemed important for the Lipson community. Students are encouraged to reflect on our Cooperative Values such as equity, equality and self-help and think about how they might demonstrate values within their everyday lives.

Relationships and Sex Education

The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.

Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society. Throughout our engagement process as we developed this curriculum, we have heard a number of wide ranging concerns.

Parents have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of the RSE programme which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, arrangements will be made for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 - the legal age of sexual consent.

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education because the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.

All rights of withdrawal should be made in writing in the form of a letter or email from the parent to the school. 

Further details can be found in the  Policy which is available on the school website and in this document.

PSHE/ Citizenship / SMSC Policy

The Zone - Supporting Materials

Gender - Diversity, Language and Discrimination - Presentation
Race - Diversity, Language and Discrimination Presentation


Useful Websites

Youthweb – Website for students by students promoting discussion covering issues including; racism, identity and bullying … www.youth-web.org.uk

Stop Hate UK – Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime in various areas of the country. They have reporting phone lines and information available …. www.stophateuk.org

Childline – Provides help and advice about a wide range of issues affecting Children and Young People … https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/your-rights/discrimination-hate-crime-equality/

Hate Crime Support Line - SupportLine is able to take calls on a wide range of issues including relationships, child abuse, anger, bullying, eating disorders, exam stress, self harm, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, disability, mental health, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, debt, phobias, conflict, sexuality, health concerns, homelessness, racial harassment, loneliness …  https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/hate-crime/

Young Minds – Leading Charity supporting young people mental health … https://youngminds.org.uk/

Local Support 

Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council - PDREC provides free confidential information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of Race Hate Incidents and Crimes …https://www.plymouthanddevonrec.org.uk/

Devon and Cornwall Police - https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/threat-assault-abuse/hate-crime/

Local Support - Impact and Mental Health

The Zone - A registered charity with over 25 years’ experience of providing early intervention and targeted health and social care services for supporting young people … https://www.thezoneplymouth.co.uk/

Young Devon - Young Devon is the largest young people’s charity in the South West. Our mission is simply to make Devon a better place for all young people … https://www.youngdevon.org/

Kooth Online Counselling - www.xenzone.com