September 26, 2020

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Our intent throughout our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme is to promote children’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.

At St Joseph’s, children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority, and PSHE is the key vehicle through which we share this with children. We regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos.  

The curriculum will be implemented at Key Stage 1, with the children learning about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development. They will learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe both in the ‘real world’ and on line, and for behaving well. They will have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They will begin to learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. As members of a class and school community, they will learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They will begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood.

At Key Stage 2, children will learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They will develop their understanding and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe both in the ‘real world’ and on line, and for demonstrating positive behaviours and attitudes. They will become more mature, independent and self-confident. They will learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They will develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. They will learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. They will learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; and to resist bullying. As they begin to develop into young adults, they will face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with the support and encouragement from St Joseph’s staff.

Topics covered include:

  • Friendships
  • Safety in school and out of school including internet safety
  • Dealing with emotions
  • People and their work
  • Keeping healthy
  • Anti- bullying

As a Catholic School it is important that we deliver a programme that relates to the teachings of the Catholic Church, that develops the essential skills required for self-understanding, an awareness of spirituality and one which places a high value on family life. We recognise that “Family” can be very different for different people and this must be treated with tolerance and respect.

       Our PSHE includes activities which promote the fundamental British values, of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect    for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.  We also encourage children to share their political and religious views and concerns but also support them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

In Years 5 and 6 PSHE programme of study is Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).   We believe that values and attitudes come, first and foremost, from the home. The best place, therefore, for Sex and Relationship Education is in the context of a loving and caring family. It is not intended in any way to take away from parents the responsibility which they rightly have for helping their children to grow in knowledge of and respect for themselves and their own sexuality. Rather, the School sees itself and parents as partners in this most essential of tasks. In partnership with the NSPCC we deliver the underpants rule in year R and Year 3 and their Child Line school service programme in Year 5 & 6. This reflects our emphasis on living true to the document “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2018) Each of our junior year groups takes part in a residential trip each year, this builds on their personal skills and development.

We aim to offer learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons as well as in assemblies, circle time, relevant school projects and other activities that enrich children’s experiences. We encourage children to grow into confident and emotionally secure individuals who know that the decisions they make will affect both themselves and others. Our overall aim is to provide children with essential life skills so that they leave us as well-rounded and confident individuals who are respectful and tolerant.

PSHE Scheme of Work

KS1 PSHE updated July 2018

KS2 PSHE updated July 2018

SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Some assume spiritual development is just about religious exploration or faith, but this is not the case. The spiritual in SMSC is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Our Catholic belief helps provide perspective on life that helps with children’s spirituality. Creativity and imagination is important, as is a sense of fascination, awe and wonder. At St. Joseph’s we try to provide children with high quality learning opportunities, which along with our religious beliefs encourages children to be reflective and reach the highest possible achievements in all subjects. To this end the Arts including French, Music and Art have a prominent feature in our curriculum.

The moral element is largely about choices, behaviour and how you live your life. It’s also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Sessions in class or assemblies, explore the consequences of decisions, other people’s needs, and ways of learning from experience. We promote the strength of our positive relationships where adults act as good role models for the children. We also learn to listen to and respect the views and opinions of others.

Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. This element of SMSC includes a significant area of personal growth, ranging from engagement in school to the skills for successful personal relationships. St. Joseph’s is built on the importance of relationships reflecting respect for self and one another.

Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures. We try to create opportunities for pupils to experience art, theatre and travel. We value and respect our cultural diversity and challenge racism and all forms of discrimination. We are lucky in that St. Joseph’s is culturally diverse so we can celebrate the diversity within our community.

As our culture continues to change ‘The Prevent Duty’ was introduced.  This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, one must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.


The Equality Duty replaces the previous three sets of duties on schools to promote disability, gender and race equality through having equality polices and action plans for these groups.

Equality Policy 2018

Equality Action Plan 2018

Updated September 2019