Department for Education - GUIDANCE


Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) Education

Published 11 September 2013


  1. Personal, social, health and economic education
  2. Sex and relationship education
  3. Additional support


Personal, social, health and economic education


To develop fundamental skills in how to become a civilized member of society who goes onto be successful in later life.

For pupils to have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe, and where to go for support.

For pupils to feel like an active member of the school community, with an awareness of what is going on in the world around them.

Pupils to have easy access to support, and a variety of ways to ask for help.



Teachers use planning which is drawn from the Protective Behaviours curriculum to deliver high quality teaching as a form of empowering the pupils at Northlands.  Working alongside this, Mental Health PSHE is taken from the Department for Education curriculum, and is delivered to a consistently high standard by one member of staff throughout the school body.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taken from the All about Me program and is delivered over one week during the summer term.  This content is also touched upon as part of PSHE throughout the academic year.

Votes for Schools (SMSC) is taught weekly and pupils have a vast knowledge of current affairs, British Values and the world around them.

Children demonstrate knowledge by using their language of safety and revisit their learning each term to embed these skills.  There are opportunities to update their safe adults and communicate which adults they have chosen to speak with if they feel unsafe.

PSHE at Northlands is not marked, and evidence is recorded separately to other key subjects.  This is to ensure that pupils are always able to access their safety network and keeping their evidence separate from other subjects.  Pupils can confidently articulate why it is important to keep PSHE separate from other subjects, and why their PSHE work is not marked.

The PSHE Leader and Mental Health Champion at Northlands addresses immediate concerns and issues arising throughout school life by meeting the pupils at their point of need.  Any concerns which are brought to our attention are addressed in PSHE sessions or when appropriate following the schools safeguarding polcies and practices. If themes are identified but there is no risk of harm issues are addressed  through assemblies and using mental health texts which addresses these concerns through a one step removed approach.

Pupils at Northlands have opportunities to report concerns without having to discuss these concerns with an adult.  Pupils are aware that they can use the ‘Bubble Box’ to report their concerns directly to the Pastoral Leader, who will discuss their concerns with them.  This contributes to alleviating any embarrassment or fears of reprisals if the concern involves other pupils.

Some identified pupils at Northlands are encouraged to use a PAL (Positive Affirmation Log) to record positive experiences and achievements.  These have proven to be successful as a tool to de-escalate challenging behaviours and negative cycles of thinking.

The behaviour policy at Northlands has been adapted to meet the needs of the pupils.  Northlands have journeyed from being attachment aware to attachment friendly.  Our ‘No Shouting’ policy has resulted in a calm atmosphere where children feel safe.  All staff have participated in attachment training, which has given everyone an understanding of why pupils may present with challenging behaviours.  Staff use PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) to de-escalate challenging behaviours and help all pupils to feel safe.



Teaching PSHE is vital for the life skills of our children at Northlands.  Our aim is for all children to be able to keep themselves safe, use their language of safety, and participate constructively in society. We promote critical thinking and debate to allow pupils opportunities to express themselves safely and share their ideas, thoughts and feelings. These skills and attributes help pupils to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

At Northlands Primary School, our PSHE curriculum ensures that children are able to recognise their early warning signs and communicate when they feel unsafe to a trusted adult, are able to make decisions about the way that they chose to live their lives and develop aspirations.

Children at Northlands have daily opportunities to communicate when they feel unsafe or are experiencing their early warning signs.  Pupils also have access to mental health resources, which give them a detailed insight into specific mental health disorders and open communication about where to go for support for themselves or as a young carer.

Children at Northlands have access to the RSE curriculum ‘All about Me’ which teaches them the correct body terminology and how to keep themselves safe.

Children at Northlands have weekly opportunities to vote on current affairs and news.  Children participate in detailed discussions on current news and learn about topics which they will have access to in their daily lives.  This gives them insight into current affairs, democracy and the rule of law and PREVENT.

All staff at Northlands has undertaken PREVENT training which enables them to recognise signs of radicalisation, and report according to the safeguarding procedures.