The EXEL curriculum at RGS incorporates all elements of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Within this subject, pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps our students to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.
The three core themes which run through the EXEL curriculum are:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
Most of PSHE education including Relationships and Sex Education becomes statutory from September 2020. For further information, please see the RSE Policy.
Key Stage 3 EXEL
Curriculum Overview Year 7 & 8
At RGS we teach EXEL using the thematic approach, in line with recommendations from the PSHE Association. Throughout years 7 and 8, students will have one EXEL lesson per week. Students will build on the knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed at primary school. Through EXEL lessons, students will acknowledge and address the changes that young people experience along with the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. They will develop the knowledge and skills required in order to approach the future opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4||Term 5||Term 6|
|Year 7||Transition and safety||Developing skills and
|Diversity||Health and puberty||Building relationships||Financial decision making|
|Year 8||Drugs and alcohol
|Community and careers
|Identity and relationships||Digital literacy
Although EXEL is not an externally assessed subject, it is important for EXEL teachers to assess students’ understanding in order to ensure they are well equipped to deal with the issues they will face in their day to day lives. Teachers assess understanding through questioning and observation during core discussions. Home learning is set fortnightly; each term there is one piece of home learning assessed by the teacher. All other home learning will be self or peer assessed, depending on the nature of the topic.
Once in year 9, students no longer have timetabled EXEL lessons. Instead, EXEL is delivered over three days per year where students are withdrawn from their usual timetable in a similar way to key stage 4. Within these days, students have seminars with professionals from external agencies as well as attending lessons based on the core topics. Please see curriculum overview for year 9 in the key stage 4 grid below.
Key Stage 4 EXEL
Curriculum Overview Years 9, 10 & 11
Key stage 4 EXEL is delivered over three days per year where students are withdrawn from their usual timetable. Within these days, students have seminars with professionals from external agencies as well as attending lessons based on the core topics. At key stage 4, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.
The grid below shows which topics are delivered across each year.
|Health and Wellbeing||Relationships||Living in the Wider World|
|Year 9||Peer influence, substance
use and gangs
|Healthy lifestyle||Respectful relationships||Intimate relationships||Setting goals||Employability skills|
|Year 10||Mental health||Exploring influence||Healthy relationships||Addressing extremism and radicalisation||Financial decision making||Skills and experiences|
|Year 11||Building for the future||Independence||Communication in relationships||Families||Next steps||Preparation for examinations|
Although EXEL is not an externally assessed subject, it is important to assess students’ understanding in order to ensure they are well equipped to deal with the issues they will face in their day to day lives. Teachers assess understanding through questioning and observation during core discussions. Students complete a self-assessment of the knowledge gained during EXEL days, and are encouraged to reflect on their progress from one EXEL day to the next. EXEL day folders are stored in school and reviewed by the Lead teacher of EXEL