National Curriculum

All pupils at Thomas Bewick have access to National Curriculum Programmes of Study at a level that is appropriate to their ability;teaching across the school is tailored to the needs of individual pupils. Classes study the following subjects depending on age and Key Stage: English and Maths (through the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies), Science, Design Technology, Music, Art and Design, Modern Foreign Languages, History and Geography, PE, Religious Education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Careers Education and Guidance, Work Related Learning, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). PSHCE is considered an important aspect of development for our pupils and is taught as a discreet subject as well as across the curriculum.

Religious education is broadly based on Christian beliefs but also aims to develop pupils’ awareness and recognition of other religions and cultures. Parents have a right to withdraw their child from all or part of the religious education programme or from collective worship (assembly) if they so wish. Alternative arrangements will then be made, in consultation with the parents.


Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. At Thomas Bewick School, we follow the PSHE Association SEND Programme of Study for Key Stages 1-4, which fully aligns with DFE statutory guidance for relationships education (primary), relationships and sex education (secondary) and health education (primary and secondary). Additionally, the programme of study contains content related to the non-statutory core theme: Living in the Wider World. Sex education content will be taught at the secondary age phase only.

Weekly, discrete lessons will be taught to all pupils within each Key Stage at Thomas Bewick School, with content and resources differentiated according to the individual abilities of our pupils. Our PSHE programme follows statutory national guidance and will be differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils in all phases of the school, according to their age and level of development. Topics and themes may be repeated or adapted from year to year, to take account of pupils’ changing needs and development. Where the need has been identified, provisions may be made for one to one or small group teaching, where appropriate.

Opportunities to further our pupils’ development in PSHE are embedded within many other subjects and are a focus of school assemblies, special events and curriculum themed weeks. This is in line with established good practice in PSHE, using a spiral curriculum and developing on themes previously encountered. A wealth of enrichment activities provided through our after school club programme, links with the local community, educational visits and overseas residential trips further complement and support our PSHE curriculum..

The purpose of our PSHE curriculum at Thomas Bewick School is to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to:

  • grow up as members of society who are empowered to make decisions about their health, wellbeing and relationships
  • build their own self-efficacy
  • manage feelings and emotions and to recognise emotions in others
  • understand and be respectful of beliefs and lifestyles different to their own
  • recognise what constitutes respectful and positive relationships with others
  • build successful and meaningful relationships with their families, peers and other people they work with
  • understand how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support
  • prepare for life in Modern Britain

You can find our Relationships Education Policy and our relationships and Sex Education Policy under Policies.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education Parent Consultation Summary

Prosper Learning Trust