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PHSE at St Michael’s
Name of Lead: Miss Deans


The intent of our PSHE Curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is applicable and accessible to all learners and that will maximise the outcomes and impact for each child, which builds on their prior knowledge and increases their understanding. As a result, each child will become a healthy, independent, responsible and respectful member of society who understands how to develop personally, socially and emotionally. All children will be given confidence to tackle many moral, social and cultural issues that are part of their personal lives and upbringings. We will provide opportunities for all children to learn about their rights and responsibilities and appreciate their roles in a diverse society. Our children will be encouraged to develop their self-respect and sense of self-work by positively contributing to the school and wider communities.

National Curriculum Aims: Personal, social, health and economic education

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.

PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. PSHE can encompass many areas of study. Teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional 

central prescription.

However, while we believe that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils, we expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.