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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

iValue (PSHE)

The I-Value curriculum is our own bespoke personal development curriculum, comprising of Relationships and Sex and Health Education, Citizenship, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Careers Education. Each year group study a combination of units which are age appropriate; support the pastoral and academic curriculum and provide students with a curriculum that is suited to their age, key-stage and year group.


The I-value curriculum develops the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future and to prepare them for their next stage in education. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work in our rapidly changing world.

Our values include:

  • Equality and respect
  • Tolerance and celebration of diversity
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Democracy and the rule of law
  • Citizenship and community
  • Kindness and consideration

What will be taught?

Our knowledge rich PHSE curriculum is referred to as ‘I-Value’ and is delivered to all students at Middlewich High School as a timetabled lesson once per fortnight.  Our I-Value programme of study sets out learning opportunities for each key stage, in three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. Our full journey is below. INSERT LEARNING JOURNEY PDF PLEASE



Autumn 1

Health and wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1


Spring 2

Health and Wellbeing

Summer 1


Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Year 7

Transition and safety


Developing skills and aspirations

Health and puberty

Building relationships

Financial decision making

Year 8

Drugs and alcohol

Identity and relationships


Emotional wellbeing

Community and Careers

Digital literacy

Year 9

Peer influence, substance use and gangs

Respectful relationships

Setting Goals

Healthy lifestyle

Intimate relationships

Employability skills

Year 10

Mental Health

Respectful Relationships

Financial decision making

Exploring influence

Addressing extremism and radicalisation

Work experience

Year 11

Building for the future

Communication and relationships

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What extra opportunities are there? 

The curriculum also includes I-value days when the normal timetable is collapsed to focus on PSHE and Careers Education. Guest speakers will also be invited into assemblies and some content will be delivered weekly during personal development activities.


What happens in lessons?

A wide range of delivery techniques are used given the sensitive nature of the topics covered.  Pupils will explore their own thinking and are encouraged to discuss their opinions in class, but should they not wish to offer their viewpoints, this will be dealt with sensitively. 

Specialists are used for key elements of the programme of study during our I-Value days, these can include mental health professionals, health professionals,  career professionals and careers advisors. 

All students have access to the career planning tool, Start which is used to store achievements throughout their school career to provide an overview of activities and to help with work related learning.

How can families support our young people at home? 

As part of our commitment to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to continue using an innovative online resource called Start.

Start will help your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.  We encourage you to use Start with your child at home. Encourage them to rate jobs, qualifications, colleges or universities so that we can see their preferences in order to support them better.

PHSE is concerned with staying safe and being an active part of society.  Keeping up with current affairs is very important for our young people, please ensure that pupils watch the news and read a quality newspaper in preparation for classwork.