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Personal Social and Health Education

This area of learning lays the foundation for long term well-being and contributes to children’s mental, social, economic and physical development. It is important to us that our children enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives, they respond positively to challenges, are enterprising, risk-takers and have good self-confidence and self-esteem.

Children learn about their changing bodies through our ‘Healthy Relationships’ and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum and about the importance of nutrition and rest for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The ‘Healthy Choices’ and drugs curriculum teaches children how to be safe with medicines and we teach strategies our children can draw on in case of any dangers which may face them in the future as they grow into adults. Our curriculum also explores diversity and interdependence, fairness, justice and democracy. Through exploring cultures, beliefs, values, human rights and responsibilities children develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, as well as a sense of belonging.

As they become more confident, children develop a growing self-awareness and a commitment to self-improvement so they can make informed decisions that lead to happy healthy lives.

Our PSHE education makes a significant contribution to children’s personal development whereby they build confidence, resilience and self-esteem in order to support them in identifying and managing risk, making informed life choices, developing an understanding of themselves and shaping their own identities, in order to flourish in our ever-changing society. In providing children with a high quality PSHE curriculum, they are also given the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues they may face, as they grow into respectful citizens. Developing this understanding of themselves, others and the world around them, supports children in developing and maintaining positive relationships, managing their emotions and ensuring they look after their own well-being, therefore developing the skills and attitudes needed to lead healthy, safe and fulfilling lives.


Please find the Department for Education Guidance to PSHE 

DFE Guidance to PHSE