Curriculum statement

PSHE gives children knowledge, understanding, and skills and helps them explore and develop attitudes and values to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives. It helps them manage feelings, learn about how to be healthy and safe and understand about relationships. It covers physical health, emotional health and wellbeing, drug education (including medicines, alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances and illegal drugs), sex and relationship education, citizenship, antibullying, safety (including online safety and anti-bullying), personal finance education, careers and the environment.

Citizenship education provides 'knowledge, skills and understanding' to 'play a full and active part in society' (National Curriculum 2014).

The citizenship curriculum helps children explore and develop attitudes and values to become informed, active and responsible citizens. It also develop political literacy and explore social and moral issues, distinguish right from wrong and to make a positive contribution to their local, national and global communities.

It covers rights and respect for rights, democracy, pupil participation in school life, the rule of law, respecting difference and local and global communities and how to prevent prejudice and discrimination.

Citizenship is a natural place for many of the current requirements around SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development), British Values, Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty.

Our Aims and Objectives

Why teach PSHE and citizenship?

We believe that our work on PSHE and Citizenship contributes to our school being a healthy school by enabling children to:

  • make choices to live healthy lives.
  • stay safe.
  • develop self-esteem and confidence.
  • make a positive contribution.
  • respect one another.
  • make and maintain positive relationships.

Our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum enables us to fulfil our statutory duties to:

  • provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school, and of society.
  • promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance described by the DfE as fundamental British Values.
  • prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • promote pupil wellbeing and community cohesion.
  • safeguard pupils.
  • meet the Public Sector Equality Duty to eliminate discrimination and advance equality.

Legislation and Guidance

This policy reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum programmes of study, which all maintained schools in England must teach.

Policy development

When developing the policy we took account of:

  • Camden’s example policy (November 2018).
  • Ofsted Inspection framework with particular reference to safeguarding and the judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted September 2016).
  • PSHE Association Programme of Study 2017.
  • Providing fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, (DfE November 2014).
  • PSHE Education; a review of impact of effective practice, (DfE, March 2015).
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018.

The curriculum map on this page outlines the learning across years 1 to 6 for personal, social and health education and citizenship.

Our PSHE and citizenship policy outlines the school's approach to teaching these areas.

Relationships Education forms part of our PSHE curriculum.  Click here to find out more about our policy on teaching about relationships.