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The Gateway Learning Community

The Gateway Learning Community

All Different: All Equal
Together, Improving Upon Our Best


Personal, Social and Health Education 

We believe that promoting the health and well-being of our pupils is an imperative part of their overall education. PSHE is central to the development of each child, developing active and thriving citizens within a diverse, truly fair and equal community.

Through our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provision, we look at many topics including all kinds of relationships, physical and emotional health, and living in the wider world.  

The aim of the PSHE course is to help our pupils make safe and informed decisions during their school years and beyond. For example, it is important for them to know how diet and exercise choices impact on our lifestyle and general well-being, as well as to make informed financial and personal decisions. 

Our PSHE Curriculum Map outlining our full curriculum can be found below:

Curriculum Map 2022-2023 PSHE 2022-2023
Curriculum Map 2023-2024 PSHE 2023-2024
Assembly Plan 2022-2023 Assembly Plan 2022-2023
Assembly Plan 2023-2024 Assembly Plan 2023-2024

We celebrate all the amazing and different cultural days of our community.  Below is a list of the flags we raise throughout the academic year:

Key Flags and Cultural days List of flags that we raise in celebration

Students are also aware of current issues in the news, and PSHE in the school adapts to ensure all topics are relevant and up-to-date for each group's year. As a result, PSHE seeks to help students:

- Develop confidence, independence, responsibility, and a social moral identity
- Make the most of their abilities, both in school and in the outside world
- Develop healthy, safe lifestyles and friendships
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
- Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them become effective and active members of their community

The notion of British Values is also incorporated and embedded within the curriculum. The five-part definition of British Values includes:

- Democracy
- The rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Relationships and sex education

Relationships and sex education (RSE) is an important part of PSHE education at The Gateway Academy. Relationship education is compulsory for all primary school pupils, and relationships and sex education (RSE) is compulsory for all secondary school pupils. Our Academy is committed to ensuring that all our students receive the appropriate provision to improve their knowledge and understanding of different types of relationships, sex and physical development, healthy living and economic well-being.

Young people face complex pressures and dilemmas in developing mature relationships. The aim of RSE at The Gateway Academy is to equip our young people with the information needed to develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. They need to face such tasks safely, and be confident in their factual knowledge, as well as given the opportunity to discuss and shape their feelings and attitudes.  

To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, students need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their well-being, health and relationships and to build their belief in their own abilities. We facilitate lessons about RSE in an appropriate and timely manner based on student’s maturity levels; using the correct language to support their understanding. In addition to RSE, students will also explore ways of keeping themselves safe and healthy.  

Through work during lesson time and a wide range of activities beyond the curriculum, including outside speakers, students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthy lives and deal with the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. RSE (Sex and Relationship Education) is taught to all students at key stages throughout the year. Regarding RSE, The Gateway Academy is in partnership with Positive Choices, a national research program looking at the best delivery of RSE for students in Thurrock: [](

Students can also put knowledge encountered in PSHE into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. This subject can help young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. This helps with their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

If you require any further information regarding both PSHE or RSE please contact our Assistant Principal, Mrs Trudi Bryant: