Intent of PSHE

Please see below for an overview of PSHE.

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Our PSHE curriculum is coherent, planned, sequenced, progressive, challenging, relevant to our context and meets the requirements of the National Curriculum from EYFS to year 6.

Our inclusive curriculum promotes equity and celebrates diversity, it is designed to respect the rights and dignity of every child enabling all children to reach their potential in a communication friendly environment.

Our PSHE curriculum has been specifically tailored to meet the context of our school. Our school is in an urban area with 28% disadvantaged pupils, 25% EAL, 12.4% SEND and 74% of our school community live in the 30% most deprived postcodes*(Integrated Data Set). Children enter our Early Years with lower development levels in communication and PSHE than nationally. Because of this we see how very important developing a mastery of PSHE is for our children. Our ambition is that, by the time they finish at our school, all our children are confident in expressing their thoughts and feelings in appropriate ways and are able to apply their PSHE skills to a range of different contexts.

In particular at St Paul’s, we want our children to develop positive relationships, show respect for each other and have a growth mindset that they can apply across their learning. Our school community is Rights Respecting Aware (working towards Silver), where our children are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally. We also are a Manchester Healthy School (silver) and are a member of the PSHE Association which means we can access professional support and training opportunities on all matters around PSHE which we have accessed regularly.  Our school mission statement ‘Caring about Learning, Learning about Caring’ reflects what we aim to achieve in PSHE.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, we believe our PSHE curriculum can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils in our school.

Our curriculum is inclusive and progressive and teaches skills alongside knowledge so that we meet the needs of all children within our community; equipping them to be able to make informed choices about their health and well-being and supporting them to become responsible and tolerant members not only within their class but ultimately as citizens in the world beyond the classroom.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of this policy is to enable the effective planning, delivery and assessment of PSHE (incorporating RSE).

Our PSHE programme aims to prepare our pupils for an adult life in which they can:

  • Recognise their own worth
  • Develop values and a moral framework that will help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate ones
  • Understand how to treat each other with kindness and respect and to value honesty and truthfulness;
  • Understand how to ask for permission and the concept of personal privacy’s
  • Recognise one’s own and other’s boundaries
  • Recognise positive and negative relationships both online and offline
  • Understand that families take on many forms and to be sensitive about the families of those around them
  • Recognise unacceptable behaviours in relationships and have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and manage the situation
  • Report and recognise
  • Understand our common humanity, diversity and differences;
  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
  • Develop safety awareness (including online)
  • Be a positive and active members of a democratic society
  • Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social matters

Teaching staff in our school will be:

  • Confident in planning, delivering and assessing the PSHE curriculum
  • Equipped to handle sensitive issues and to answer both pupil and parent questions



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