Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education

Vision for PSHCE

We believe that PSHCE has the power to enhance the health and wellbeing of all children, their families and the whole school community. It has a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships throughout the school. It is central to our values and to achieving our school’s aims.

PSHCE helps children to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives, now and in the future, as individuals, citizens, workers and parents. It is embedded within wider learning to ensure that children learn to develop resilience and healthy relationship skills, which they will practise and see enacted in the school environment.

We will use ‘Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education’ (PSHCE) as an umbrella term for all aspects of practice and learning in our school associated with wellbeing and health. A significant part of our PSHCE provision will be accessed through the planned, taught curriculum. Our PSHCE curriculum is supported by whole school enrichment activities.

Many aspects of our PSHCE provision are statutory from Sept 2020, as part of Relationships Education and Health Education. However, there are other areas which we consider important for our children e.g. Road Safety and Financial Education. These areas are not statutory, but we will teach them in the wider context of our PSHCE provision to meet the needs of our children.

We do not seek to teach Relationships Education and Health Education as separate subjects, but integrated through the topics we cover in our broader PSHCE programme.

What’s New?

At Dove Bank Primary School, we are following the Cambridgeshire PSHE Curriculum.

We are working with the scheme to implement the 2020 Relationships and Sex Education and ensure that all staff are confident with this.

Subject Leader Biography

Hi everyone!

I am Miss Hopper and I am the EYFS and Year 1 Teacher at Dove Bank Primary. I also have the pleasure of leading the subject of PSHE and RSE.

If you have any questions about our PSHE and RSE Curriculum then please contact the school via telephone, email or come and speak to me directly.


Subject priorities

1) High quality teaching and learning -

To ensure that children receive high quality PSHE and RSE education each week which is embedded into the curriculum and delivered using quality materials and resources.

2) Staff training -

To ensure that staff are appropriately trained to deliver certain aspects of PSHE, RSE and use the new PSHE scheme for teaching and assessment.

Useful links

CEOP  Child Exploitation and Online Protection command

The law enforcement agency which helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.


Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP, which protects children both online and offline.


Childnet works with people around the world making the internet a safe place for children.

Safety net Kids

A website helping children to stay and feel safe personally, at school, within their community and thinking about their well-being.

Own It

A new website from the BBC, aimed at 9-12 year olds, covering everything from online privacy and avoiding malware, to dealing with everyday dilemmas children face online.

Curriculum Statement


At Dove Bank Primary School, we want all children to be able to develop an understanding of the ever-changing world in which we live.  

Our aims for PSHE are: 

  • To enhance skills for communication, empathy and healthy relationships which underpin both success 

in learning and positive relationships 

  • To support the development of resilience, self-esteem, self-efficacy and aspiration 
  • To offer accurate and relevant knowledge to support decisions about personal wellbeing and health 
  • To explore the relevance of knowledge for personal situations and decision making 
  • To offer opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, 

attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities 

  • To offer the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives. 
  • We promote a healthy, safe and caring environment for all pupils and staff. 
  • We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils, which recognises and values their diverse backgrounds and needs. 
  • We promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others at home, school, work and in the community. 
  • We prepare our pupils to engage with the challenges of adult life confidently. 
  • We provide sufficient information and support to enable our pupils to make safer choices. 
  • We provide pupils, through an enriched curriculum, with opportunities to develop the necessary skills to manage their lives effectively. 
  • We help our pupils to learn to respect themselves and others and move safely from childhood, through adolescence, into adulthood. 
  • We create a wider awareness of religious, cultural and moral values and respect for different ethnic groups, religious beliefs and ways of life within a Christian framework. 
  • We promote an inclusive ethos and a culture of mutual respect where diversity and difference are recognised, appreciated and celebrated. 
  • We work in partnership with parents and carers, and with the wider community, to support children in all aspects of their wellbeing. 


        Our PSHE and Citizenship programme (which is covered through the taught curriculum and our wider provision) includes teaching and learning within the following strands and themes: 

        Myself and My Relationshipsincluding My Emotions, Beginning and Belonging, Anti-bullying, Family and Friends and Managing Change.  

        Healthy and Safer Lifestyles: including Personal Safety, Digital Lifestyles, Drug Education, Relationships and Sex Education, Healthy Lifestyles and Managing Safety and Risk (including Road Safety). 

        Citizenship: including Diversity and Communities, Rights, Rules and Responsibilities and Working Together. 

        Economic Wellbeing: including Financial Capability. 


        We are committed to the ongoing development of PSHCE in our school. We will use the following indicators to monitor and evaluate our progress: 

        • A co-ordinated and consistent approach to curriculum delivery has been adopted. 
        • A flexible approach to delivering PSHCE that responds to children’s needs (identified through consultation, research or observation) is in place. 
        • Children are receiving an entitlement curriculum for PSHCE in line with statutory requirements and the Cambridgeshire Personal Development Programme. 
        • There are clearly identified learning objectives for all PSHCE activities, and children’s learning is assessed using both formative and summative approaches. 
        • Opportunities for cross-curricular approaches are being used where appropriate. 
        • The impact of training for staff and governors is evaluated. 
        • Policy and practice is reviewed regularly and involves staff, governors and, where appropriate, children. 
        • Opportunities are provided for parents/carers and members of our community to consider the purpose and nature of our PSHCE, for example, through parent/carer information sessions. 
        • A variety of methods are employed to communicate the key points of the policy and curriculum to the community. 
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