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Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe, and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.


At our school, we are committed to the development of:

  • children’s social and emotional skills
  •  health and well- being
  • ability to form healthy relationships.

We endeavour to inspire our children to become life-long learners who are equipped to apply their learning in a diverse and rapidly changing world. We give opportunities to enable our children to be reflective citizens as well as acquiring key knowledge and to be critical thinkers. They are encouraged to use the knowledge and skills learned, to practice mindfulness, be resilient and emotionally aware, keep themselves mentally and physically safe and to prepare them for their future.

Teaching and Learning

We teach PSHE in a variety of ways:

  • as part of our curriculum areas
  • in circle time and discussion time
  • as a discrete subject or as part of a unit
  • through opportunities that arise throughout the school day, e.g. addressing friendship issues at playtime and through the learning of our Christian school values of Love, Hope and Justice
  • in response to local/national/global events through-out the year; such as, Mental Health week, Anti Bullying week, International Women’s day, Global awareness week.

We have tailored the PSHE Associations Programme of Study to suit our pupils, school and community; giving careful consideration to our school ethos, aims and our pupils’ needs. We follow the PSHE Associations’ three core themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

Each year group covers content related to each theme every year, ensuring that a spiral programme is in place: one that revisits themes, gradually extending thinking, expanding knowledge and developing skills. By the end of each key stage, children will have had the opportunities to meet the end of key stage objectives in line with the statutory guidance outlined in the RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) document. Please see the links below to view our RSHE policy and our PSHE long-term plans.

Our wider provision of PSHE promotes opportunities that link British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) responsibilities. It also compliments content covered in Computing, Science, Physical Education and Religious Education.

RSE and Health Education

From September 2020, Relationships and Health Education are compulsory in all primary schools in England. Our RSHE Policy statement can be found below. For primary aged children, this includes statutory curriculum content under two headings (DfE 2019):

  • Relationships Education, which include: Families and people who care for me, Caring Friendships, Respectful Relationships, Online Relationships and Being safe.
  • Health Education, which include: Mental well-being, Internet safety and harms, Physical health and fitness, Healthy Eating, Drugs, alcohol and tobacco, Health and prevention, Basic first aid and Changing adolescent body.

Christopher Winter Project

We use the Christopher Winter Project resource (endorsed by the PSHE Association) to deliver parts of the statutory and non-statutory elements of the RSHE curriculum in a sensitive and age-appropriate way.


There is an increased focus on safeguarding/keeping children safe. The resource encourages children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends. The curriculum continues to develop our pupil’s knowledge and skills as they learn about the physical and emotional changes of puberty.


Year 6 are taught about human reproduction to ensure that children understand why the body changes in adolescence and how a baby is conceived and born. A letter will be sent out prior to these non-statutory lessons to inform parents when it will be taking place.  Please refer to the link below to find objectives taught in each year group through the Christopher Winter Project resource.

No Outsiders

Through our core Christian values of Love, Hope and Justice we have fostered an inclusive community where children will be prepared for life as global citizens in modern Britain.  At our school, we welcome everyone, respect and value our differences, knowing we are all equally loved by God. 

We follow the No Outsiders scheme of work within our PSHE framework. This scheme provides support and resources to deliver objectives outlined in the Equality Act 2010, making it against the law to discriminate against an individual because of a range of protected characteristics. The programme uses a range of age-appropriate picture books that help promote equality of opportunity so that all pupils can thrive together, understanding that difference is positive. Through discussion and activities based upon the picture books, pupils are encouraged to show respect and develop their understanding of diversity. At Preston Candover, there are no outsiders – Everyone is welcome.