At Arena Academy PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health & Economic) is considered paramount to our students’ personal development. PSHE Education helps students to develop life skills to ensure they are well prepared to respect and contribute to the wider society and life in Britain. High expectations are set for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and appreciation of the diverse communities in which we live. 

PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. It also teaches you about important aspects of the law as well as how to budget and handle money. Research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling important issues.

The following table outlines the concepts and skills covered within our PSHE curriculum under the three main themes: ‘health and wellbeing’, ‘relationships’ and ‘living in the wider world’, as recommended by the PSHE Association. Students are taught 1 hour of PSHE provision each week which is delivered through form time and also through one ‘collapsed day’ each term.

Ms Blackwood – PSHE Co-ordinator


Citizenship involves people working together to make positive differences to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally. At Arena citizenship is taught through our PSHE programme, assemblies and the Humanities Faculty of Education. Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Pupils learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. They also learn the skills of active citizenship

Teaching citizenship is important as it helps our pupils to develop self-confidence and enables them to successfully deal with life changes and challenges such as bullying and discrimination. It gives them a voice: in the life of their schools, their communities and society at large.