PSHE (SMSC) at Academica Mentoring

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and education is a key part of both the core and extended curriculum at AM. Every opportunity is taken for students to be reflective about their own beliefs and others’, develop a moral purpose, use and develop a range of social skills and understand and respect a full range of cultural influences.

Some of the many ways we promote the development of these areas are:

  • A diverse and constantly updated enrichment curriculum (please see full timetable) which should run from 3-5pm every day. The enrichment curriculum includes extensive careers information, advice and guidance that includes financial education delivered through partnerships with organisations and companies.
  • Daily assemblies and reflections covering current affairs, historical events, politics, religion and financial literacy.
  • A range of guest speakers representing different backgrounds, sectors, religions, values and communities (please see full rota for guest speakers) to develop cultural literacy.
  • Close work with the the Community who work with local residents and their families and provide extra-curricular activities open to all of our students
  • Cross-Curricular coverage of the following topics in Science: sex and relationship education, drug education
  • Cross-curricular coverage of the following topics in PE, Gastronomy and French: importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle
  • Through engagement with the local community with local residents invited into school for community lunch and students making afternoon tea for local elderly residents.
  • A wide range of school trips (students on average take part in a school trip at least once every 3 weeks)
  • Opportunities for student leadership including House Ambassadors, Head Girl and Head Boy and Student Librarians.
  • A relentless focus and understanding of our school values which are constantly and consistently referred to and encouraged.
  • A focus on British values with family style dining at lunchtimes with a range of professional visitors who are invited to the school to dine with the students for community lunch on a Friday.
  • Students volunteering projects to support other members of the community. e.g. students reading with parents and visitors.

For further information please review the links below:

Principles of PSHE Education

PSHE Resources – Accompanying



Mental Health and Emotional Well Being LPs


PSHE Curriculum Audit

PSHE Association guidance on teaching about consent at key stages 3 and 4 March 2015

PSHE Association Consent Guidance Supplementary Documents March 2015 FINAL

PSHE Association – summary of the law on sexual consent 6th February 2015

Guidance on teaching consent faqs

Key stage 3 & 4 call for evidence lesson materials_0

Key stage 2 call for evidence lesson materials


Guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing

Guidance and lessons plans for schools on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing.