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The Current Position

A proactive approach to whole school PSHE is adopted at WDS which encompasses relationships, difference and conflict resolution to promote respect and discipline. This can combat bullying, harassment and prejudice of any kind. Although our current provision is comprehensive, we are reviewing it in the light of draft statutory guidance on health education and relationships education/Sex Education. RSE continues to be high profile and we are awaiting the outcome of the Government’s consultation into what statutory RSE will look like from September 2020. However, we are keen to implement the programme a year earlier than required to ensure it is fully embedded and any developments can be addressed. PSHE will also be a separate indicator for Ofsted from 2019. At present, we operate a Spiral Curriculum spanning six ‘PSHE Pillars’ that support our West Derby School Personal Growth Curriculum

PSHE Pillars; WDS Personal Growth Curriculum

  • Well-being
  • Difference, Diversity and Identity
  • Sex and Personal Relationships
  • Personal Safety
  • Growth Mind set
  • Career Ready

Spiral Curriculum

We have a team of dedicated pastoral staff who deliver the programme through the pastoral system which is bespoke to the needs of our students. ‘Drop Down Days’ enrich what is already being delivered to give students a wider experience of the issues explored. Aside from our planned PSHE programme, we respond to the needs of our students and year groups as they arise, whilst also responding to National PSHE initiatives such as Mental Health awareness week and current affairs.
We work in partnership with School Improvement Liverpool, notably Julie McCann (Health and Wellbeing Officer) to ensure effective provision, good practice in delivery and support with delivering content dealing with specific issues.
Our PSHE CPD aims to:
  • Support positive mental health
  • Help address safeguarding issues
  • Provide accredited recognition for individuals
  • Raise the quality of teaching, learning and explore assessment in PSHE
  • Inspire positive change within the PSHE curriculum
  • Effectively support children and young people to deal with life’s challenges


West Derby School
364 West Derby Road
Liverpool L13 7HQ
Headteacher : Sian Graham Contact Member of Staff : Lorraine Rigby
Chair of Governors : Karen Callant SENCO : Helen Howe



How do you find us?

Travelling By Car: Visitor parking is off Bankfield Road
Travelling By Train: Broad Green/Wavertree Technology Park.
By Bus: From Liverpool city centre – Numbers 15, 13 and 12 routes

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