Course 42 (PSHE)

C42 picture & quote

Parent Consultation – Relationships & Sex Education

Please click the link below for a summary from Nicola Bennett (Course 42 Lead) on the outcome of the summer’s RSE Parent Consultation.

RSE – C42 feedback from parental consultation 2020

Changes to the RSE curriculum

There are 4 documents below to look at:

Letter from Mrs Nicola Bennett, Head of Course 42

RSE Consultation letter June 2020

RSE – Statutory Guidance Information for Parents (presentation style information)

RSE June 2020 parental presentation

Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education at your child’s secondary school: ​a guide for parents (Department for Education document)

DfE RSE Guide for Parents

What will my Child be expected to know? (Document summarising the expectations set by the Department for Education, as to what pupils should cover during secondary school)

What will my Child be expected to know


What is Course 42?

According to the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the number 42 is the “Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything” so this seemed to be a very appropriate name for a course that aims to equip students with ways of dealing with the demands, pressures and opportunities they will face during their time in education and their future roles in the 21st century world. This will include issues related to health, careers, life skills, internet safety, citizenship and society and personal skills.

Course 42 also includes RSE – Relationship and Sex Education which is delivered in Key Stages 3 and 4, closely following the advice of the PSHE association.  This enables the College to follow the recent change in government policy where the teaching of RSE is a requirement, and will be statutory, in all schools by 2019.  The amendments will continue to allow parents a right to withdraw children from sex education. Relationship and sex education is designed to ensure pupils are taught the knowledge and life skills they will need to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships, particularly dealing with the challenges of growing up in an online world.

In Years 7 to 9 students have a lesson of C42 per week which is taught by our specialist teachers.  Our PSHE content is then taught though our CPS programme in year 10 and 11.  In addition we also teach some topics including careers and sex education in a series of drop down days in KS4.

C42 Curriculum intent

The Course 42 course is designed specifically to meet the needs of our students and our aim is to deliver a bespoke curriculum which gives students both the knowledge and skills to be able to make their own decisions now and in the future.  Our curriculum covers all aspects of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and fulfils the statutory RSE curriculum through key stage 3.  We focus on 3 main themes- Living in the wider world which focusses on citizenship and careers, Relationships which examines different types of relationships that young people develop and Health and Wellbeing which considers both physical and mental health of our young people.

Our curriculum aims to develop skills such as honesty, compassion, empathy and self-management in order that students can take responsibility for making their own decisions.  These skills will enable students to develop the resilience they require to be successful now and in the future in an increasingly complex, interconnected and technological world.   Students are encouraged to share their viewpoints and reflect on the viewpoints of others through open discussions. There is a strong emphasis on development of social and communication skills which they will use throughout their lives.  They are encouraged to reflect on their behaviour and morals and discuss challenging scenarios to discover the impact of decisions that they might choose to make, on themselves and others.

As a Rights Respecting School the UNCRC is fully embedded throughout our curriculum. This helps build students’ confidence to make informed decisions. They have a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime, as they grow into engaged, responsible members of society.

Our Course 42 curriculum revisits and builds on knowledge and skills throughout KS3 which are then developed further through our CPS curriculum at KS4, developing a spiralling curriculum.

We are keen to encourage students to let us know what they think and feel should be adapted and changed in our curriculum.  We keep up to date with information and guidance which helps us to ensure the information that we are presenting is current, appropriate and valued by our students.


Year 7 Mrs Nicola Bennett

Mr Dave Hewlett

Miss Kate Jones

Miss Meghan McConnachie

Year 8 Mrs Nicola Bennett

Miss Kate Jones

Miss Meghan McConnachie

Year 9 Mrs Nicola Bennett

Miss Kate Jones

Miss Meghan McConnachie

Course 42 – Year by Year

C42 Year 7 Long term plan