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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. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. PSHE Association, 2016,


Through our PSHE curriculum the intent is to deliver learning which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We want our children to develop knowledge and understanding of the world around them to equip them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society and actively involved in their communities throughout their lives. They will have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. To achieve this, we offer children opportunities which allow them to:

  • develop and deepen their’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance 
  • understand equality of opportunity so that all pupils can thrive together, understanding that difference is a positive, so that they celebrate the unique qualities of individuals
  • build confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy
  • understand and recognise online and offline risks to their well-being – for example, risks from criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity, radicalisation and extremism – and give them the knowledge and skills to keep safe
  • develop an understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle, including giving ample opportunities for pupils to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities
  • recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media 
  • develop age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationship and sex education

The curriculum goes beyond Personal, Social and Health Education to include resilience, mental health, emotional literacy, social skills, British values and SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social, cultural development), as well as Relationship and Sex education. 

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

PSHE will support children to be reflective of their experiences, what they know and believe. It will support them to show an enjoyment of learning about themselves and others. It will support them in understanding right from wrong and applying this in their daily lives. Children will develop their social skills and confidence in a range of situations and will be willing to participate in a range of things. PSHE will also support children’s understanding and appreciation of different cultures within school and Britain. 

British values

British values: democracy, rule of law, respect, individual liberty and tolerance are also included within PSHE lessons and assemblies. 

The knowledge and values from PSHE are regularly referred to within all aspects of the school day. 


We follow the You, Me and PSHE scheme to deliver our lessons. This is a planned and mapped out programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives - now and in the future. The PSHE curriculum, taught weekly in discreet lessons, is also reflected in the whole school curriculum and shared values, and is embedded in day to day life and lessons. Collective worships are used to reinforce and develop our school values, promoting pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and fundamental British Values. In school children's voices are heard through pupil surveys and school council. 

The You, Me and PSHE scheme is split into strands that continue as a spiralling curriculum

  • Sex and relationship education
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Identity, society and equality

In PSHE lessons, it is important to establish a safe and supportive environment. Ground rules are agreed by the staff and pupils before the lesson begins and are adhered to throughout the lessons. Discussions are managed sensitively and the teacher responds appropriately to spontaneous questions and comments raised by pupils. The teacher is aware of vulnerable pupils and enables them to safely participate. 

In line with parental consultation, we have agreed to teach Sex and Relationships Education that goes beyond the statutory requirements. The You, Me and PSHE scheme is used to deliver the SRE unit, carefully mapped to Scotton Lingerfield children's needs and requirements. 

The PSHE scheme has been carefully mapped out onto a two year rolling programme, to support our mixed age classes. 


All children understand the importance of PSHE, RE, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school, this is evident through termly pupil voice and monitoring by the curriculum leader.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. The skills and attributes developed through PSHE education are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, particularly among pupils eligible for free school meals, as well as improve employability and boost social mobility. 

By the time they leave our school, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our learners to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It helps them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Our curriculum allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Assessment and monitoring

At the beginning of each unit, children complete a pre unit task to ascertain their understanding and allow gaps in learning to be identified. This enables the teacher to provide additional support and challenge throughout the unit for individual children.

Following each unit, children complete the pre-unit assessment at spaced intervals. These recalls allow children to recall previously learnt knowledge. Children are supported in addressing these gaps throughout these sessions.

Regular recalls support assessment of children. Results are added to tracking grids, which support end of year judgements. 

The subject leader monitors the subject through: 

  • Learning walks
  • Book Scrutiny
  • Planning Scrutiny
  • Data/assessment scrutiny
  • Pupil voice


Long Term Plan

Progression Document


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