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Personal, social & health education

Our PSHE curriculum aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic well-being and aspects of careers education).

Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum’ which promotes ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’. PSHE education makes a major contribution toward us fulfilling this duty.

Relationships and Health Education

In 2020 all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education. These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their well-being, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child. Further information is available by following the link below.



The philosophy behind HeartSmart underpins our curriculum and our intent for children to be emotionally literate.  HeartSmart helps children to learn how and when to lead or guard their hearts, essential to resilient living.

The HeartSmart programme teaches the children to process feelings to ensure they do not live in constant grief, disappointment and hurt. We teach pupils to understand that negative emotions are part of life and it is okay to not always feel okay. We develop strategies with our pupils to deal with challenges in their lives and to show empathy and compassion towards others.

The content of the programme provides children with the courage to tell the truth, to communicate boundaries and share their vulnerabilities appropriately.

This programme sits firmly within our robust safeguarding culture and forms part of our curriculum offer in terms of Personal, Social and Health Education as well as our Relationships and Sex Education programme. As a school we have a strong commitment towards monitoring and valuing mental health and well-being of our pupils, their families and our staff.

Please follow the link below for further information about the HeartSmart programme: