Values in Practice

Our Values in Practice (ViP) curriculum offers personal, social, health, citizenship and careers education (PSHCE). Our ViP curriculum is rooted in our Christian vision and ethos.  



At The Deanery Church of England Academy, everyone will be treated with dignity as all people who are made in the image of God and are loved equally by God. 

All pupils have a right to an education which enables them to flourish and is set in a learning community where differences of lifestyle and opinion (within that which is permissible under UK law) are treated with dignity and respect; where bullying of all kinds is eliminated; and where they are free to be themselves and fulfil their potential without fear. 

Our school seeks to ensure that the RSHE curriculum protects, informs and nurtures all pupils. It clearly differentiates between factual teaching (biology, medicine, the law, marriage, different types of families and the composition of society) and moral teaching about relationships and values, recognising that the distinction can be easily blurred and that there needs to be discernment about the manner in which this is taught. We teach RSHE within a moral (but not moralistic) framework. 


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 7

Transition and safety

Developing skills and aspirations


Health and puberty

Building relationships

Financial decision making

Year 8

Drugs and alcohol

Community and careers


Emotional wellbeing

Identity and relationships

Digital literacy

Year 9

Peer influence, substance abuse and gangs

Setting goals

Respectful relationships

Healthy lifestyle

Intimate relationships

Employability skills

Year 10

Mental health

Financial decision making

Healthy relationships

Exploring influence

Addressing extremism and radicalisation

Work experience

Year 11

Building for the future

Next steps

Communication in relationships




RSE policy

Part of the ViP curriculum covers relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education. This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) issued under section 80A of the Education Act 2002 and section 403 of the Education Act 1996. 

Our school’s approach to Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) follows that of the Church of England Education Office in that it seeks to be faith-sensitive and inclusive. It is underpinned by two key Biblical passages: 

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them” (Genesis 2:7) 

“I have come in order that you might have life - life in all its fullness” (John 10:10) 

RSE Parent Letters

Statutory Elements Map

Knowledge Organisers

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