SMART Futures

Sensibly Maturely And Responsibly Thinking about our Future

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi
“Life is about creating and living experiences worth sharing.” - Steve Jobs 

The SMART Futures department across the whole school aims to develop skills and understanding in order for students to make informed and smart decisions, as well as preparing them for a safe and healthy future. SMART Futures follows a spiral programme that explores personal, social and emotional education; health and wellbeing; careers; citizenship; relationships and sex education and financial education. 

Every aspect of our programme focuses on personal development and student welfare, encouraging them to deepen self-awareness and value their school and wider community. Students explore character attributes and challenge themselves to planning and creating opportunities to further develop resilience, communication and organisation skills, initiative and leadership.  

SMART Futures is delivered through the school with timetabled lessons in KS3 and Year 12. The PSHE content has three core learning themes:  

  • Health and wellbeing 

  • Relationships and sex education 

  • Living in the wider world 

All year groups have a dedicated weekly personal development session in mentoring as well as speakers and drop down sessions related to areas such as relationships and wellbeing, drugs awareness and first aid scheduled throughout the year.  

  Autumn Spring Summer

Year 7

Once a week

Transition and RelationshipsDiversity and Disc Healthy lifestylesThe online world Financial decision makingGrowing up

Year 8

Once a fortnight

Careers and world of workDrugs, Alcohol and Peer Pressure Identity, Communication and Consent Financial decision making

Year 9

Once a fortnight

British Society Peer pressure, gangs and radicalisation Relationships

Year 10

Year 11

Year 13

Once a week Personal Development

Support from Careers team

Outside speakers / workshops / trips

Drop down events

Year 12

Once a week

Moving into adulthood


Living in the wider world - post 18

Outside the Classroom/Visitors

The Smart Futures department provide opportunities for pupils to develop and consolidate learning outside the classroom. We continue to invite visitors to the school, where students’ knowledge and understanding are enhanced through captivating and inspiring presentations and question and answer discussions. 
Pupils have described sessions as “inspirational” and “thought-provoking” as they apply the skills to ensure they live healthy, happily and safe. 

Financial and enterprise education 

At Hendon School, we aim to prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident; well-educated; financially astute and enterprising people. This aim is supported by our vision “Believe, Achieve, Lead, Belong.” Our belief is that all students should be able to undertake a range of opportunities in order to leave Hendon School with the skills necessary for adult life.  

As part of this work, we ensure that all our students have opportunities to take part in financial and enterprising education. Through our Smart Futures lessons and visitors in previous years such as Martin Lewis, we want every young person to have the opportunities to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to play a successful part in the community.    

Our planned Financial and Enterprise Education programmes explore a range of issues combining learning and practical application. Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills related to money management, being critical consumers, managing risks and emotions associated with money and understanding the important role money plays in our immediate lives and the world around us. Students will have further opportunities to develop and apply the skills of problem solving; communication; teamwork; resilience; confidence; initiative; organisation and creativity. These are many of the skills that employers are looking for and support the aim of preparing students for life outside of Hendon.  


Useful links


Miss Nimisha Raghwani- 
SMART Futures co-ordinator