Welcome to the curriculum page for the Individual Development Programme (IDP).

We are currently consulting on changes to our Sex and Relationships Policy.  The new policy is linked below:

West Hill Draft SRE Policy 2020

Click here to email school with any thoughts about the policy, please.

The Individual Development Programme at West Hill School aims to help our pupils to develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and active members of society.

The programme is supported by whole school assemblies that are based on relevant topics. These are both pupil and staff led. The assembly topics are continued in form tutor discussions to further enrich pupil experience.

The Curriculum is delivered in a variety of teaching staff in rooms across the school, supported by interactive visual displays, printed resources, outside speakers and learning aids.

Departmental staff

  • Mr Gary Harrison – Head of Department


Year 7

Lesson contact time is one hour per week.  The units followed are:

  • Emotional Wellbeing (emotional literacy and exploring feelings)
  • Personal Wellbeing (relationships, keeping healthy and safe)
  • Heartstone Project (hate crime, racism, homophobia, bullying and challenging misconceptions)
  • Information, Advice and Guidance (key-skills, learning styles in work, setting personal goals)

Year 8

Lesson contact time is one hour per week.  The units followed are:

  • Citizenship (engaging in the community, fundraising, rights and responsibilities, British Values: Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Democracy & Individual Liberty)
  • Personal Wellbeing (relationships, drugs & alcohol, peer pressure and homophobic bullying)
  • Resilience & Learning Styles- Lost
  • Information, Advice and Guidance (Personal Development, Personal Finance, Effective Communication)
  • Prevent (Keeping Children Safe from Extremism)

Year 9

Lesson contact time is one hour per week.  The units followed are:

  • Personal Wellbeing (SRE- alcohol, healthy relationships, sex & sexuality, domestic abuse, consent, contraception, STIs, HIV & AIDS).
  • Citizenship (British Values: Democracy and Parliamentary Democracy)
  • Global Citizenship (Fairtrade, Amnesty, UN, poverty, refugees and Genocide)
  • Information, Advice and Guidance (budgeting, bank accounts and consumer acts)

Year 10

Lesson contact time is 8-10 hours per Year.  The topics followed are:

  • British Values
  • Drugs – ‘legal highs’
  • Think u know.
  • Online safety.
  • Information, Advice and Guidance  (personal finance, soft skills, interviews and applications)

Year 11

Lesson contact time is 8-10 hours per Year.  The topics followed are:

  • British Values
  • Domestic abuse.
  • Gambling and addiction
  • Mental health
  • Know your Balls: testicular cancer
  • Healthy & unhealthy relationships
  • Sex, drugs & alcohol
  • Information, Advice and Guidance (apprenticeships,  KUDOS interviews and CV writing)

Working with Parents

West Hill School seeks to work in partnership with parents through consultation and support. Parents are vital in teaching children about sex and relationships, maintaining the culture and ethos of the family, helping children to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing, and preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings.   We welcome discussion on the content of this policy and our teaching of Sex and Relationships Education at any time.  The Head of IDP Mr G Harrison should be contacted in the first instance.

Withdrawal from Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and relationship education will be taught at West Hill School within I.D.P. and Science lessons.  It is therefore not envisaged that there will be ‘one-off’ or isolated lessons, except when a Health Professional is invited to address the children.  Tolerance and empathy of a variety of genders, sexualities and relationships is a vital part of life in modern British society.

Parents should be aware that children cannot be withdrawn from Science lessons on human reproduction as this forms a statutory duty.

Sections of a large number of IDP lessons will include discussion on sex and relationship issues and as part of the planned scheme. If parents wish to withdraw a child they should submit a written request to the Head teacher.


To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have: writing equipment, a ruler and eraser. 


To support your son, resources are available as directed by the subject teachers. The following websites can be accessed for further information:











There are no public exams and qualifications for this subject area.