Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) including Health Education and Relationships Education

Intent (Aims)

PSHCE is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.

The national curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. 

In September 2020, the DfE introduced statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education which are to be covered by the end of Primary School.  These requirements are fully met through our PSHE curriculum and these strands can be found in our learning overviews below. 

Implementation (Teaching and Learning)

Within Reception, KS1 and KS2, PSHE is given discrete subject teaching time as well as embedded learning opportunities covered through day to day teaching. Teachers may decide to teach some units in weekly lessons but for others they may decide to block the unit into longer teaching units if the unit of learning requires this.

Our Programme of Study for PSHE aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of 4 core themes: Myself and My Relationships; Healthy and Safer Lifestyles; Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing (KS1&2 only). The school uses the Cambridgeshire Personal Development Programme (PDP) for it’s planning and resources to support teaching and learning.

Impact (Assessment and Recording)

Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills against ‘expected learning’ within each unit of the PDP. This assessments may be completed at the end of a unit of work or as the children work through a unit. Assessments are made within each unit in each of the 4 core themes: Myself and My Relationships; Healthy and Safer Lifestyles; Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing (KS1&2 only).

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values

Collaborative work in PSHE develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children develop an awareness of communities and the importance of tolerance within communities. The children develop an understanding of personal hygiene and why this important both for themselves and for those around them. PSHE also nurtures a sense of self-worth and personal responsibility so that children can begin to learn how to make sound moral, social, spiritual and cultural choices.

Relationship and Sex Education

Our RSE teaching falls within the core theme, Healthy and Safer Lifestyles. In school we aim to help children to learn to respect themselves and others and move safely and confidently from childhood, through adolescence, into adulthood.  We deliver much of this work through Relationships and Health Education, which are statutory parts of the broader subject, PSHE. As part of our curriculum we provide Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). This teaching begins as soon as children arrive in school and continues until the end of secondary school. There is more information on our units of work in the RSE Policy.