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Overarching concepts developed through the Programme of Study

  • Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online)
  • Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online)
  • A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices)
  • Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world
  • Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)
  • Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
  • Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and 'inner resources' we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
  • Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and 'win-win' outcomes)
  • Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)

PSHE at St. Philip's is supported through cross curricular links with other subjects such as Science & Physical Education and underpinned by enrichment days and visitors into school. At St. Philip's PSHE is at the heart of our school and not seen as a stand alone subject, it heavily links with British Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) Education and our wider school ethos.

At St. Philip's we have devised our PSHE education programme based upon the PSHE Association Programme of study. With our PSHE programme we aim to enable children to develop and gradually enrich their understanding of a set of overarching concepts, set out below.
Although the specific content of PSHE education will constantly evolve as the world changes, these concepts are timeless. We believe that PSHE should not just be about Knowledge but must give our children fundamental opportunities to develop the skills, values and strategies to manage any issues they may encounter within their lives.



We want our 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.
Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare 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.



EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association's Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. The Core Themes we teach through St Philip's are Relationships, Living in the Wider
World and Health and Wellbeing.
Pupils are taught PSHE using a progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world'. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


In order to assess PSHE, staff use the assessment statements available on the school tracking programme to assess what objectives each child has achieved and any gaps which may need addressing. Subject Leaders complete termly monitoring (pupil voice and observing good practice). Seesaw observations and informal conversations, together with school based Seesaw observations and practitioner knowledge inform these assessments. Our intention is that when children leave St Philip's, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today's diverse society.


PSHE Long Term Plan