Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) At St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy is a key subject area. The curriculum has been planned to ensure that students are appropriately challenged at all levels.  Students are offered opportunities to engage in a variety of sophisticated topics focused on developing their character, entrepreneurship and resilience. We aim to ensure pupils are fully prepared for all aspects of their life-long learning journey.


Programme of study in Year 7, Year 9 and Year 10:

Our PSHE curriculum is divided into thirteen one hourly sessions over the year in which pupils participate in a number of activities. At the core of pupil’s study in Year 7, 9 and 10 is the PiXL Edge Awards. PiXL Edge aims to educate pupils on the importance of LORIC (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication) which we call attributes. We want students to know what these attributes mean in practice at various levels (Apprentice-Year 7 and Graduate-Year 9 and 10) We want each student to begin development of these activities from Year 7 through discrete and cross-curricular teacher and engagement in activities during our designate PSHE time. We want each student to have a personal plan using two activities across each attribute with which they will engage over in Years 9 and 10. We want students to be able to develop an awareness and appreciation for their unique skillsets, and understand how to play to their strengths and develop areas of weakness. PiXL Edge is a framework for secondary schools to develop and accredit students in attitudes, attributes and skills essential for employability and life.

Through a series of accredited tasks and activities (including target-setting and self-reflection) PiXL Edge enables students to systematically enhance their skills. 

There has been no national framework drawing together and accrediting the huge range of valuable activities which students undertake alongside their academic activities. Until now.

More about ‘The Edge / LORIC’

As a School that never stands still and is always looking to improve; we want our pupils to follow our footsteps and strive to be the best they can be. The LORIC Edge programme will allow them to develop and be accredited for five key essential attributes which have been especially chosen for their formative qualities in character development as well as their desirability by employers.

What are the LORIC attributes?

·         Leadership

·         Organisation

·         Resilience

·         Initiative

·         Communication

Students in Year 7, 9 and 10 are introduced to The LORIC Edge programme and log their activities and provide evaluations for each one. We hope this will encourage them to get involved in as many extra-curricular opportunities as possible both in and out of school – some of which they may have never even thought of before now!

We want to ensure that your child leaves St Philip Howard not only with the best qualifications possible but with a myriad of personal attributes allowing them to stand out from the crowd and achieve their goals. Competition for University places and employment today is ever increasing and together we can help your child embrace this programme that will undoubtedly give them the Edge.

Information for Parents

There are numerous activities in which your child can be accredited for; from something as simple as helping to lead a warm up in PE lessons to organising a stall for a charity event. There are also many activities outside school which can be accredited.

As parents we invite you to be part of their unique journey; encourage your child to talk to you regularly about their progress and achievements with the LORIC Edge. As a School we will be rewarding pupils regularly for logging the most activities. We will also reward those pupils who show perseverance and true determination to complete activities each term. The House competitions each half term are also based around the attributes of LORIC.

If you are unsure about the LORIC Edge; how the programme runs or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Programme of study in Year 8:


At the core of pupil’s study in Year 8 is the PIXL Health and Well-being initiative. With news that young people’s self-confidence is at its lowest ebb in the last eight years (Princes Trust, January 2017), the wellbeing lessons are designed to help build resilience and promote the importance of making the right health, mental wellbeing and positive lifestyle choices. Pupils in Year 8 learn about the importance of mental health, leading a healthy and active lifestyle and developing positive relationships.


Programme of study in Year 11:


During the dedicated PSHE time Year 11 students complete a bespoke curriculum aimed to match the needs of pupils in their final year at St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Pupils experience presentations from our main partnership Colleges and receive additional guidance and support in researching and applying for College places.

Pupils also experience lessons focused on supporting their study and revision in the build up to examinations. Pupils also complete sessions focused on mental health and well-being.


 Our pupils have participated in additional initiatives that supplement their work in PSHE lessons. These include:


Project Zao organised by High Peak Youth Engagement team


Make Your Mark-Pupil parliament vote on key themes linked to young people


Anti-Bullying Week


Waste Watchers School Theatre Production team, an environmental and eco-friendly initiative helping our pupils understand the importance of creating a sustainable environment


Restart a Heart Day-Wednesday 16th October 2019-