Welcome to the Outwood Academy Valley Life department. In this department we strive to accomplish an outstanding PSHE education for all students as outlined in the Department for Education guidance.

Personal, social, health and economic education
“Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.”
“PSHE is a non-statutory subject. We believe that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils. We expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.”

According to the PSHE Association there are three core themes that should be covered in a PSHE curriculum.


Some of these topics are not taught in the life lessons, but through other subjects such as science, drama, ICT, business, English, and RE.

In Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) we cover the vast majority of the required PSHE topics, with some of the more delicate and controversial topics taught at Key Stage 4 (years 9 & 10).


In addition to life lessons we also offer additional life sessions taught through VMG at least twice every half term. These sessions focus on smaller topics that otherwise would not appear in the life lessons and clarification on up to date issues within the news.

In accordance with the academy’s homework Policy, each year group in life is assigned homework weekly. The homework timetables are given to students at the beginning of each half term. They can be found on the inside front cover of their life book.

Vocational education offers a varied enrichment programme.

Options at KS4
There are a variety of subjects available through Vocational education at KS4. As part of their core studies, all student will follow GCSE Citizenship in years 9 & 10, leading to a GCSE qualification at the end of year 10 from 2018. In addition, students may select to study the following subjects, some in years 9 & 10 and others are only available as options in year 11.

  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Meet the team

PSHE at Outwood Academy valley is co-ordinated by the Life department, which is located within the Vocational Education Faculty. Life lessons are taught predominantly by our core team, however due to timetable commitments some life lessons are taught by highly dedicated non-specialist staff.

Mr Stephen Smith
Faculty Co-ordinator for Vocational Education

Mrs Claire Williams
2nd in faculty and Life Co-ordinator

Mr Ian Franklin
Life teacher

Ms Anna Blackburn
Life Teacher

If you have any questions regarding the Life programme, please contact the Life co-ordinator thought the contact staff page.

Vocational Education - Enrichment Timetable