Head Start Curriculum

Example Lesson

Our Head Start program is run over two years for students in Years 7 – 8.

It is similar to other programs of study offered in other schools known as PSHE. In Head Start we offer a variety of lessons covering important everyday life issues as well as contemporary topics to engage students with the world around them. The aim is to provide our students with a useful and realistic view of the world around them and to help them in the development of “One school” and “life skills” which complement their qualifications they gain whilst studying at Stoke Poges Campus.


Aims and Objectives

Time allocated for Headstart


Year Time allocated
7 1 hour
8 1 hour


Success Criteria and Outcomes


Below is a summary of what we offer the students each year.


Year 7

In Year 7 we offer a variety of topics to help students prepare for life at Stoke Poges Campus.


  1. Careers – A basic introductory insight into future pathways for our students.
  2. Citizenship – Students look at what it means to be a citizen in the UK, including the laws of our country, the structure of Government hierarchy and decision making.
  3. Health and wellbeing – Students consider how to be healthy (eating, diets, exercise) as well as threats to their health (smoking, solvent abuse, obesity).
  4. ICT – A crash course is provided in basic ICT functions to improve students everyday use of ICT to help prepare them for later school life and the world of work. Topics covered include using short keys, using Excel and using PowerPoint effectively.
  5. Relationships – Issues covered include friendships, bullying, cyber bullying.
  6. Safety – Students learn how to be stay safe in everyday situations.


Year 8


We follow up on certain topics studied in Year 7 as well as introducing some new topics of study.


Careers – Students begin to make more considered choices into future pathways and begin learning how to showcase their skills.

  1. Charity Giving Nation – An enterprise project where students learn about business and make ethical decisions to raise money for a chosen charity.
  2. Cultural Diversity – Students look at diversity and learn to appreciate multi-culturalism. There is emphasis on discrimination and stereotyping.
  3. Drugs and Alcohol – Students begin to consider the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
  4. Relationships – Students look at issues surrounding relationships including peer pressure, assumptions and decision making.
  5. Safety – Students look at a variety of ways to stay safe and how they could be threatened by issues such as knife crime, bullying (online and offline), travelling to school and depression.