Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE helps our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.

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.

It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.

When taught well, PSHE education also helps pupils to achieve their academic potential.

PSHE education becomes statutory for all schools from September 2020 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

This includes Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and Health Education in both primary and secondary phases.

The Department for Education published Statutory Guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education in June 2019.

This sets out what schools must cover from September 2020 (though not all they should cover as part of broader PSHE education).

As a school we follow the PSHE Association's Programme of Study which sets out learning opportunities for key stage 1 to 5, based on three core themes:


During key stages 1 and 2, PSHE education offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness, as they move through the primary phase. It builds on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online.

PSHE education helps pupils to manage the physical and emotional changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.

We have provided an overview of the Whole School Curriculum Map for PSHE but to support this further each year group is responsible for outlining the learning for PSHE in more detail for parents.

Our PSHE curriculum intent

As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to have the confidence, skills and values to thrive and achieve.

We believe PSHE prepares our pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up in such rapidly changing and challenging times.

It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

We promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.

We teach our pupils about the British democratic process and how to effect peaceful changes in society.

PSHE curriculum overview

Parents' guide to relationships and health education