Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

“Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe, and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.” PSHE Association


The aims of PHSE including RHE at our school are to:

    1. Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, self-esteem, independence, confidence, empathy and pride.

    2. Help pupils to develop positive relationships with others based on mutual respect and understanding of differences.

    3. Help pupils express their opinions and respect the opinions of others.

    4. Equip pupils with the knowledge they need to be able to make choices that promote a healthy life-style.

    5. Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place.

    6. Prepare pupils for puberty and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene.

    7. Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships.

    8. Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.

  1. We follow the following themes:

    1. Health and Well being

    2. Family and Relationships

    3. Citizenship

    4. Economic Well being

    5. Safety and the changing body

    6. Mental Health and Emotional Well being

Each year group covers content related to each theme every year, ensuring that a spiral programme is in place: one that revisits themes, gradually extending thinking, expanding knowledge and developing skills. We avoid, where possible, ‘one-off’, stand-alone sessions that will not be revisited, and instead make constant links to previous learning and experiences, and build upon these.

Where possible we make cross-curricular links between PSHE and other subjects; this is particularly true and relevant in Science, Computing, Religious Education, Physical Education , with other content also linking to English, Humanities and Maths.


Children are taught:

  1. to develop their self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make the right choices

  2. to develop their social skills and social awareness.

  3. to make sense of their personal and social experiences

  4. to maintain responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle

  5. to develop effective interpersonal relationships and a caring attitude towards others

  6. to develop a caring attitude and sense of responsibility about the environment

  7. to manage and understand their feelings

  8. to understand how society works and the rights and responsibilities involved

  9. to use technology safely and responsibly.

In EYFS, provision is planned to ensure development in Physical, Social and Emotional Development which occurs daily. Children will explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, self-confidence and self-awareness, rules and routines, empathy and restorative justice.

PSHE learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, school council, school trips, sports tournaments, exposing children to a wide variety of literature and asking them to see things in a different perspective, cross-curricular lessons and discrete lessons. Children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. A great deal of time is spent considering scenarios and possible responses to them.

Lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches. This includes: questioning, use of resources, and mixed ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class.


Pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Furthermore, PSHE helps pupils develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking which supports our Framework for Independence.

RHE and PSHE Progression of Skills