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Sixth Form 

at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School

British Values and PSHE

Her Majesty’s government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.  These were reinforced in September 2014. The regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which applies to all schools/academies in the UK.


The Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values includes:

  • The rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs


Students at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Sixth Form encounter these principles every day.  The academic and pastoral curriculum is mapped in detail across the Sixth Form to:

  • teach students British Values. 

  • to be able to work together as a team,

  • to learn the history of Britain,

  • to see Britain in its true multicultural form which gives us a common identity.


The Sixth Form team are tasked with developing the Sixth Form students’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC) and Vocational (SMV) development.  The Sixth Form experience assists to develop students’ social skills and also addresses many moral issues. Our assemblies and Tutor sessions also enhance our cultural understanding of the country we live in. As part of our PSHE programme, students must learn how to be resilient and cope in unfamiliar circumstances. 


Our goal is to make each Sixth Former a well-rounded, employable individual who have experienced different circumstances so that they can be adaptable.  We work hard helping the Sixth Formers to build positive relations with staff both inside and outside of the classroom.


PSHE in the Sixth Form includes:  Transition to Sixth Form, Apprenticeship, Employment and University; British Values; Prevent and challenging all forms of discrimination; SMSC and SMV; Healthy Minds and Healthy lives.  Our PSHE programme follows the Gospel virtues of Love of Self, Love of Neighbour and Love of God.

RSHE is now a statutory subject for all schools.  At Archbishop Ilsley Sixth form we use the TENTEN RSHE programme.  This programme embraces “the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life” by giving pupils knowledge “that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships” (DFE Statutory Guidance). The programme enables us to deliver the teaching through the prism of Catholic RSHE. The framework of our programme is taken from the Model Catholic RSE Programme by the Catholic Education Service, which has been highlighted by the Department of Education as a work of good practice.”  


The Programme is called, ‘Life to the Full’ and addresses the needs of young people where they are at in today’s world.  The programme is fully inclusive of all students.

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