The LHA Personal Development programme of study follows a thematic model and is based on three core themes within which there is a broad overlap.

Core Theme 1- Health and Wellbeing (this includes the statutory RSE and health guidance)

Core Theme 2- Relationships (this includes the sex and relationships statutory guidance)

Core Theme 3 – Living in the wider world (this includes topics such as careers and finance)

Our programme of study is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. The aim is to develop the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.


In KS3 and KS4 students are allocated one hour per week for Personal Development. 
We also provide a variety of enrichment opportunities to enhance learning and understanding including:
•    External agencies who deliver specialist topics
•    Offsite visits 
•    Guest speakers

Please see the learning journey for further details.

Personal Development 


Our aim is to prepare students for life beyond LHA, both in knowledge and character. They will understand the key fundamentals of Personal Development education including Health & Wellbeing, Careers & World of Work, Relationship & Sex Education and Fundamental British Values. Students will display maturity & empathy and be prepared for the next stage of their life, whether it be a FE college course or Apprenticeship. They will also possess the Cultural Capital required to enable them to succeed once they leave LHA and make a positive contribution to society.

Pupils are assessed through multiple choice style quizzes at the end of every half-term to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content covered. This allows us to identify gaps and misunderstandings in knowledge which we can then use for future planning. 

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education is now statutory in secondary schools. As part of Lostock Hall Academy’s wider PSHE programme, your child will receive lessons on relationships, sexual health and personal safety.

The purpose of these lessons is to provide knowledge and understanding of safe and healthy relationships based on respect and are designed to help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain.

Schools are required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for RSE, which will inform schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. A copy of the policy can be found in the link below. There is also a list of all RSE topics being covered in each Year group. These lessons are age appropriate and cover all of the key areas set out by the Department of Education.

You do have a right to withdraw your child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools but not from relationship education and we believe the content of these subjects is important for all children to be taught.

If you have any questions or would like to request more information about RSE, please contact Mr Doyle via email


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