At North Oxfordshire Academy, we are passionate about providing our students with a well-rounded spiral and sequenced curriculum that incorporates the hidden skills and knowledge that will help our students nurture their own personal development. Today’s young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, young people need to learn how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive and balanced way.   

Some aspects of our SMSC/FBV/PSHCE/RSHE programme of study incorporate challenging topics, and we make no apologies in ensuring these are delivered to all our students in a safe learning environment. This is so students can ask questions, learn about common misconceptions and prejudices, and be able to make their own informed decisions and choices, after being presented with the full facts. 

NOA students benefit from regular, planned PSHCE lessons during Tutor time as well as Extended PSHCE mornings throughout the year. 


Personal, Social, Health, Careers Education (PSHCE) education is a subject that supports our students to be healthy, safe and prepared for modern life. It is a subject in which our students will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. 


Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSHE) is taught as part of PSHCE. The aim of RSE is to teach our students to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others.

Other aims of RSHE is to cover the following areas of Healthy living:

  • Physical, Mental and Social wellbeing
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs/Alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid and changing adolescent body

PSHCE also incorporates aspects of Careers, finance, citizenship, equality and diversity and British values.