H6 online safety
H6 online safety
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Department Vision

To provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and community. In doing so, pupils learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Pupils learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

The PSHE programme will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and patterns of behaviour, which enable our pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose.
  • Value self and others.
  • Form relationships.
  • Make and act on informed decisions.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Work with others.
  • Respond to challenges.
  • Be an active partner in their own learning.
  • Be active citizens within the local community.
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society.
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals.

RSE Consultation question for parent/carers

PSHE and RSE Policy

Curriculum For Life

National Online Safety Mobile App

Children are spending more time online than ever. As adults, we need to do everything
we can to keep them safe in the digital world. But with new apps, games and
platforms emerging every day, how can you stay in the know?

Say hello to the new National Online Safety mobile application. Created by experts, developed by us.
With all online safety knowledge available at your fingertips, the NOS app empowers parents and teachers to understand and address online safeguarding risks – any time, anywhere.

The world’s most comprehensive online safety app, it’s packed with insightful courses, explainer videos, webinars and guides on topics that will help you protect the kids you care about when they’re online.

National Online Safety Mobile App

Online Pornography Age Verification

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has created a helpful guide for parents that outlines what you need to know when the time comes to speak to your child about online pornography and how to broach those tricky conversations.

Use the link below to access this guide.

What parents need to know about online pornography and age-verification

Promoting Fundamental British Values are committed to Fundamental British Values

The Abbey School actively promotes British Values in our schools. We aim to ensure our young people are prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all cultures, faiths and races with respect and tolerance.  They will be taught to understand that, whilst people may sometimes hold conflicting views about what is 'right' and what is 'wrong', all those who live in our country are subject to its laws.  

The key values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those in our society of different faiths and beliefs

Curriculum Delivery

As a school, we recognise that PSHE has a significant part to play in preparing children and young people to deal effectively with the pressures and challenges that growing up in the 21st century presents in our own community and in the UK.

Curriculum Delivery - Year by Year / Term by Term

Year 07:

Relationships | Personal Finance | Health & Wellbeing | Careers | Friendship

Year 08:

Wider World | Safety in Society | Careers | Personal Finance | Relationships | Drugs & Alcohol

Year 09:

Careers | Healthy Eating | Personal Finance | Careers | Relationships | Living in the Wider World

Year 10:

Careers (1) | Relationships | World Finance | Careers (2) | Careers (3) | Identity & Society

Year 11:

Careers (4) | Personal Finance | Careers (5) | Personal Finance | Living in the Wider World


Just Water

Protected Characteristics

Lead Teacher: Mrs Page


The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Race
  5. Religion or belief
  6. Marriage or civil partnership
  7. Sex
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination:

  • When you are in the workplace
  • When you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
  • When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
  • When you use transport
  • When you join a club or association (for example, your local tennis club)
  • When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments

The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:

  • Our school ethos statements, SDP, and SEF
  • Our school core values
  • Our school behaviour policy
  • Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
  • Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
  • Assemblies
  • British Values – WPD (Wider Personal Development) sessions x 1 weekly Tutor Time
  • Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking a cross-curricular approach
  • Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) sessions
  • Religious Education (RE) lessons, RSE lessons, LGBT discussions and Protected Characteristic talks
  • Sporting, Art and Cultural Events
  • Student Voice
  • Educational visits
  • Real-life learning outside the classroom
  • Guest speakers
  • Developing links with local, national and international communities
  • Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community

Embedding Protected Characteristics into the whole ethos of The Abbey School promotes:

  • Self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence
  • Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
  • Acceptance of responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Respect for their own and other cultures
  • Understanding of how they can contribute positively to school and home life and to the lives of those living and working in the locality and further afield
  • An understanding of Equality, Human Rights and Protected Characteristics
  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination
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