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PSHE and Relationships (British Values and 'The Hanningfield Ethos')

East Hanningfield CE Primary School 

How do we teach PHSE, SMSC and Emotional Wellbeing?



Through our PSHE curriculum we nurture children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever-changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being. Through the teaching of PSHE we provide children with a toolkit how to look after themselves and support others. 


Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and prepares them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives. Children will leave East Hanningfield with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, safe, happy and successful role in today's diverse society. 



Following the Government guidance that from September 2020 RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) will be compulsory in all Primary schools, we have written a new SRE policy in which we have consulted parents, pupils and governors to ensure that the coverage and resources used are right for our pupils and community. Our teaching structure in PSHE is based on that recommended by The PSHE Association. The Framework identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help us to fulfil our statutory responsibility to support children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. PSHE education is integrated into curriculum plans for science, computing, citizenship and physical education; and is taught as a spiral programme based on three core themes to ensure learning in PSHE is revisited, reinforced and extended in age- and stage-appropriate contexts.



Our school uses the PSHE Association’s three core themes as the basis for curriculum planning. PSHE education is taught by class teachers who take responsibility for planning, resourcing and delivering the curriculum. Beyond the planned programme for PSHE education, the curriculum provides children with a variety of experiences that have the potential to promote their personal, social development and economic education. These include:

· Assemblies of Celebration

· Circle time

· Sports clubs and participating in inter-school and county tournaments & competitions

· Drama and music activities and productions

· Residential visits and day trips

· Clubs - singing, drama, art & craft, mindfulness, first aid, yoga & active citizens

· Social and fund raising events

· Theme days/events, for example World Book Day, B Kinder Week, Subject days

· Mini enterprise projects

· Charity events

· Leadership opportunities, for example Playground Leaders, representatives on our School Council, Eco-school Council, PE & Sports Council, Safeguarding Council & Peer Mentors


Early Years Foundation Stage:

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about 'right' and 'wrong', develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves.

Special Educational Needs:

PSHE education is taught to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development:

PSHE education gives children specific opportunities to explore the range of attitudes and values in society, and to consider the kind of society they want to live in. Through exploration and discussion of topical political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they develop skills and attitudes that promote:

· Empathy and a willingness to perceive and understand the interests, beliefs and viewpoints of others.

· A willingness and ability to apply reasoning skills to problems and to value a respect for truth and evidence in forming or holding opinions.

· A willingness and ability to participate in decision-making, to value freedom, to choose between alternatives and to value fairness as a basis for making and judging decisions.

These attributes also contribute to our understanding of British Values.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

· Children’s knowledge and understanding, for example, information on health, understanding of rules, understanding of health and safety procedures, and the meaning of ideas including democracy.

· How well children can use their knowledge and understanding in developing skills and attitudes, for example through participating in discussions, group task and activities, managing conflict, making decisions and promoting positive relationships. Assessment in PSHE education should be active and participatory, helping children to recognise the progress they are making in developing and taking part, as well as in their knowledge and understanding. Children should learn to reflect on their experiences, ask questions, make judgements about their strengths and needs, and begin to plan how to make progress and set personal targets. Teachers assess children’s work in PSHE education by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons and at other times during the school day. Progress in PSHE education should be recorded and reported to parents as part of the child’s annual school report.




Please see our Relationships and Sex Education Policy (found in the policies section) written in consultation with Parents, Governors and Pupils 2019.