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Personal Social Health Economics

We use the award winning scheme of work for Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) called Jigsaw. This has a strong element of mindfulness in its implementation. This is delivered weekly for about an hour and covers all aspects of PSHE.

PSHE Policy

Completed: 5th August 2021

Date due for review:


At Rivelin Primary School PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning where the children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. PSHE provides the children with the building blocks in order for them to develop healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

As part of our whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes that children need to manage opportunities, challenges and responsibilities as they grow up, enabling them to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our effective PSHE programme enables staff to tackle barriers to learning and raise aspirations for our pupils. At Rivelin we teach discrete PSHE lessons, as well as filtering the skills through out many aspects of school life, for example through Philosophy for Children (P4C), Religious Educaton (RE), assemblies, the work we do on supporting the children with how to exercise their Character Muscles and interventions such as Lego Therapy.

Statement of intent

At Rivelin Primary School, it is our intent to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to assist children and young people to prepare for adult life by supporting them through their physical, emotional and moral development, and helping them to understand themselves, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships.

This will be implemented through the teaching of ‘Jigsaw’. This is an excellent scheme of work which covers all areas of the new updated statutory PSHE curriculum through interactive lessons that the children enjoy. The two main core themes of our PSHE programme of study focus on Relationships Education and Health Education. In upper key stage 2 the children also take part in sex education lessons, see our Sex Education Policy for more information on this.

Relationships Education:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

Health Education:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Department for Education statutory guidance states that from September 2020, all primary schools must deliver relationships and health education whereby parents cannot withdraw their child from this.

Implementation through Teaching and Learning

The school seeks to provide a safe, secure learning environment for PSHE that enables children and young people to gain accurate knowledge, develop their own values and attitudes, and develop skills to grow into happy confident successful adults.

At Rivelin Primary School we promote the needs and interests of all pupils, irrespective of gender, culture or background and all teachers take into account the children’s age, ability and readiness. PSHE will be provided through discreet curriculum time, assemblies, class discussions/circle time, as and when issues arise, ensuring time is made within the curriculum to meet the needs of the children and through extra-curricular activities, such as safer internet day and walk to school week. We respect pupils’ unique starting points by providing learning that is suitable to their level, taking into account their age, maturity and how emotionally secure they are.

Early Years and Foundation Stage

In Early Years, PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) is a prime area of learning therefore an integral aspect of daily planning, teaching and learning. PSED covers the following areas:

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships

Planning is child-led to reflect the interests and needs of the children. Children take part in circle time and discuss topics and themes that are at their level. Teachers look at the core themes and take aspects of these to inform their planning. PSED is a fundamental building block in a child’s development and underpins the whole curriculum.

Key Stage One and Two

Within Key Stage One and Two PSHE lessons are often more structured and follow the scheme of work - Jigsaw. This follows the two core themes outlined above. Children have the opportunity to form and share opinions, value differences, recognise feelings and emotions as well as identify what makes relationships healthy.

British Values

As a school we promote British values ensuring that our children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. We support the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Through aspects of school life such as voting for school council members, assemblies and discrete PSHE lessons, these values are embedded within our curriculum. We plan assemblies and lessons to teach the children about our values, respecting similarities and differences, tackling stereotypes and understanding why some people discriminate. We aim to empower children to have a voice and to stand up against discrimination, valuing equality, tolerance and mutual respect.

Implementation through Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Monitoring
PSHE discreet lessons are primarily taught by the teaching assistants at Rivelin within PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time using the scheme of work Jigsaw. Teachers and teaching assistants assess the children’s work in PSHE by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know and understand at the end of each year and key stage. Assessment should offer the children the opportunity to reflect on their own progress. Within the Foundation Stage, PSHE objectives are documented within ‘special books’ and on Tapestry. Key Stage One and Two have topic books for their work. The PSHE subject leader as well as the academic support manager are responsible for monitoring the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching. The subject leader will regularly evaluate the scheme of work to ensure that the needs of the pupils are being met and that there is progression and continuity of learning through the school.

Implementation through inclusion, including meeting the needs of SEND pupils
Our teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the individual needs of all children including those with special educational needs and disabilities. PSHE is taught inclusively to all children regardless of their race, religion and gender, whilst at the same time addressing the need for equal opportunity. The PSHE curriculum is in line with the single equality duty policy. Staff will ensure that no judgement will be passed on the lifestyles and choices made by others. If a safeguarding issue is raised, staff are required to follow the correct safeguarding procedure and safeguarding policy.

Implementation through resources
Resources for PSHE are stored centrally so all teachers have access to them. The PSHE curriculum leader will regularly review resources and obtain, within the constraints of the allocated budget, additional resources as necessary.

Implementation through Professional Development and Training
The PSHE subject leader ensures they are kept informed of changes to aspects of PSHE by attending relevant meetings and training. The subject leader will support colleagues in the teaching of PSHE by giving them information about current developments in the subject and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in school.


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