“[PSHE] is about making sure children and young people have the skills they need to grow up as healthy individuals who can make informed decisions about their lives” – Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner  

At Northbourne, effective, high quality Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provision is fundamental to meeting our aims of developing and nurturing self-aware, resilient and healthy children.  

Our PSHE curriculum aims to:

  • Provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community;
  • Encourage pupils to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and community. Through this, they recognise their own worth, work well with others and take increasing responsibility for their own learning;
  • Help children reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, addressing some of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up;
  • Ensure children understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and difference so that they can go on to form effective and fulfilling relationships.

We use Jigsaw resources as the basis for teaching and learning in PSHE, but Personal, Social and Emotional learning spills far beyond timetabled lessons.  We take every opportunity to further develop PSHE through, for example, celebrating and sharing local, national and international weeks and events, such as Children’s Mental Health Week.

More information about our PSHE provision can be found in our PSHE and RSE Policy.

Our planned curriculum for each year group can be found here.