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Personal wellbeing key stage 4

Non-statutory content
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Personal wellbeing helps young people embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities pupils recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities. As pupils learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities.

Programmes of study

This non-statutory programme of study provides a context for schools to fulfil their legal responsibilities to promote the wellbeing of pupils and provide a programme of sex and relationships education and drugs education. It also provides schools with an opportunity to focus on delivery of the skills identified in the framework for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL). 

Guidance on planning, continuity across the key stages, new opportunities, inclusion and support for assessment.

Revised key stage 4 non-statutory end of key stage statements for personal wellbeing. 

Subject comparison tool

A comparison tool allowing subject teachers to compare elements of programme of study for different subjects to provide an invaluable starting point for planning a coherent curriculum.

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