PSHE Curriculum Structure

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The curriculum is divided into three core themes, which run throughout the key stages:

Health and Wellbeing

Includes lessons on mental health, lessons on puberty and the changing body, dental health, benefits of keeping active and healthy eating.


Includes lessons on respectful and healthy relationships both on and offline, kindness and sex education.

Living in the Wider World

Includes lessons on career planning, financial literacy and exploring our rights and responsibilities.

In each academic year, the curriculum has been programmed into half terms with two suggested PSHE lessons to teach within that half term (one lesson in the final summer term).

The lessons have been sequenced to reinforce learning and build on knowledge. However, facilitators should adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of their school.

Curriculum structure

All lessons have a Cover Sheet which links to either a quality assured, curated resource (from a trusted organisation) or to a Brook lesson plan and/or activity. This format ensures the facilitator has all the key messages
that need to be communicated to the young people on this topic whilst also allowing them the flexibility to use the complimentary resources or to develop their own activities based on the needs of the group e.g. to adapt for 1-1 work.

All primary lessons have a cover sheet, lesson plan and associated resources. All secondary and sixth from lessons have a cover sheet and at least one activity plan or full lesson plan.


The curriculum includes a differentiation manual to support you in adapting the lessons to meet the needs of your young people or setting.

Each resource (Cover Sheet, Lesson Plan) also includes specific suggestions of how you might consolidate learning for those who need more support and extension activities for young people who need further challenge.

Points to consider and whole school approach

Each cover sheet has things to be aware of for facilitators to support learning and ideas of ways to implement a whole school approach to PSHE delivery of this topic.

Some examples might be highlighting key awareness days and events you may want to link learning to or considerations to limit the challenging nature of some of the topics discussed in PSHE for the young people in your classroom, implementing a trauma-informed approach.


How to access the curriculum

The curriculum is housed on Brook Learn, Brook's own e-learning platform.

In order to access the curriculum, you will first need to register with Brook Learn:

1. Visit
2. Register to the site by “creating a new account”
3. Activate your account via the automatic email (check your spam folder if nothing appears in your inbox)

You do not need to register for a new Brook Learn account if you have one already. Don't worry if you've forgotten your password: you can reset it here.

If you have any issues registering, please contact the online helpdesk at


Once you have registered on Brook Learn:

1. Login to using the details set up at registration
2. Select the Cornwall button from the homepage or visit
3. Select the year group you will be working with
4. Enter your school enrolment key. This is a 6 digit number. All schools were sent these but if you can't find yours contact Healthy Schools.
5. Select your term to access lesson plans and accompanying resources
6. Once you have had the opportunity to explore and use the curriculum, please complete short evaluation questionnaire