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KS3 Personal development

The aim of the Personal Development curriculum is to develop you as an individual and as a citizen of our community. We aim to give you the skills and knowledge to be respectful and safe in the decisions you make.

The Personal Development curriculum at KS3 at Ashton Park aims to develop our students for life in the modern world. It focuses on four key threads that run through each year and across the curriculum:

  • Relationships and sex education
  • Healthy lifestyles (including mental health, drugs awareness and well being)
  • Careers (the 'Step Up' programme is used from Year 7 to Year 9)
  • Citizenship (including democracy and finance) 


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Relationships and sex education: Relationships
This topic looks at different types of relationships, dealing with conflict and changing bodies.

For full details see the RSE section below.


Healthy lifestyles: Identity & Diversity
Students learn about personal identity and how rich diversity makes up our society


Citizenship: Internationalism
Comparing life in Bristol and the UK to that of another country



This programme builds on work that may already have taken place in primary school. Students are asked to look back at their achievements and changes so far, and are introduced to some of the major themes of careers, employability and enterprise education.

Healthy lifestyles: Drugs awareness
Learning about the common drugs that effect our society the most, including alcohol.


Relationships and sex education: Healthy relationships
This topic looks at healthy relationships with a focus on consent. We will also look at grooming and online safety.

For full details see the RSE section below.


Healthy lifestyles: Body Image
Students investigate how body image is portrayed in the media and how this has an influence on how we think we should look.


Careers: Step On
Step On is aimed at students in the second year of their secondary / post-primary education and builds more depth of knowledge from Step Up.  Students are asked to challenge some common myths and beliefs about "career".


Healthy lifestyles: First Aid and Medicines
Basic first aid techniques and safe use of medicines


Relationships and sex education: Internet Safety
The uses of the internet, including the pitfalls and dangers.

Careers: Step Ahead
Step Ahead is aimed at students in the third year of their secondary  education and builds more depth of knowledge from Step On.  The tasks and activities are aimed at supporting students to make effective choices for Post-14 study.


Healthy lifestyles: Drugs Awareness
Finding out about the effect and dangers of drugs.


Relationships and sex education: 
This topic includes resisting peer pressure, contraception, teenage pregnancy and violence against women.

For full details see the RSE section below.


Healthy lifestyles: Well being


Relationships and sex education

Relationships and sex education (RSE) is a key part of what we do. Students at Ashton Park receive RSE in each year of their school life. The table below details exactly what is taught each year.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Different types of relationships. – friendships, family, intimate & marriage
  • Dealing with conflict/ changing relationships
  • Bullying/Cyber bullying
  • Changing bodies – puberty, menstruation
  • Healthy body – diet, sleep and exercise
  • Legal age of consent for sexual relationships.
  • Giving consent within a relationship.
  • Grooming – including peers
  • Online safety – sexting, sending nudes or sharing images.
  • Sexual exploitation (gangs)
  • Resisting peer pressure, including to have sex.
  • Contraception
  • Teenage pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage.
  • Sexual harassment – including online harassment
  • Violence against women
  • Different types of relationships – LGBTQ+
  • Gender identity
  • What is a positive/negative relationship?
  • Watching pornography – link back to sexual harassment from year 9
  • STI’s including Aids – recap on barrier methods of contraception
  • Coercive control – what are the early signs?
  • Different types of abuse.
  • FGM
  • Honor based violence and forced marriage
  • Radicalisation / extremism


If you would like to read more about our careers programme this is linked from our Careers page found here.