Aims of PSHE Education at Scissett Middle School

The PSHE (pupils may sometimes refer to it ‘Life’) programme of study is based on recommendations from the PSHE Association and Department of Education (DfE) guidelines. It builds on the guidance set out in the 2014 National Curriculum framework and the new statutory guidance for 2020 on relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education.

It covers three main strands-health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, which ensure effective provision the compulsory elements of PSHE have been integrated within a broader programme which includes coverage of economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, personal safety, including the assessment and management of negative and positive risk. 

These strands fulfil our statutory responsibility to ‘support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life’, as set out in the Education Act 2002 (section 78). The strands also enable us to meet the statutory safeguarding responsibilities - ‘schools should ensure that children are taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum’. Throughout all of the above, there is the promotion of fundamental British values.

Consideration has been given to the appropriate key stages and how it creates a spiral programme which embeds, revisits and deepens learning across the core themes. The framework identifies a broad range of important issues and thought has been given to providing a relevant context for pupils to both broaden and enhance their understanding of the key concepts that are most relevant to them whilst considering the pupils individual experience.

We believe this provides a comprehensive, broad and balanced PSHE programme which meets the needs of emerging issues, in line with the new requirements set out in the DfE statutory guidance for RSE and the needs of our school, pupils and community.

The programme is delivered through a team which include a number of specialist teachers.  Pupils receive one hour a week over the course of the three years at SMS.  In relation to specific, cross curricular aspects of the programme, for example the RSE provision, biological aspects will be taught within the Science curriculum, alongside some aspects of drugs and health education.  Other aspects of the programme will be covered through the RE, PE, FFT and Computing curriculum.

Key Skills across both key stages are as follows-

Communication, including how to manage changing relationships and emotions

Recognising and assessing potential risks


Seeking help and support when required

Informed decision making

Self-respect and empathy for others

Recognising and maximising a healthy lifestyle

Managing conflict

Discussion and group work

In a time of rapid change, with new and unpredictable opportunities and challenges constantly emerging, it is vital that pupils have opportunities to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs and to develop the skills, language and strategies necessary to manage any issues encountered along their journey through life.


Overview of PSHE in each Year Group



Healthy lifestyles-physical health and wellbeing
Lessons in this unit look at helping our pupils understand that mental wellbeing is as important as our physical health. KS2 uses the story of ‘Inside Out’ to look at emotions and helps pupils understand that it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions as we go through life. Both key stages cover the 5 ways to wellbeing (connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, give) and self-care techniques. Pupils look at what constitutes a balanced, healthy lifestyle and links are made with Science, FFT and PE.

Families, relationships and friendships
Pupils look at a range of relationships and cover the importance of healthy, safe relationships within the family, how to be a good friend and how to keep safe including online. The topic also covers the impact of bullying and hurtful behaviour, pupils look at the importance of respecting themselves and others, which includes respecting similarities and differences and how to manage these.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
As part of the physical health and wellbeing requirements, pupils learn about the facts, risks and effects of legal and illegal substances which include smoking, alcohol and drug taking. Links are made to Science.

Health and prevention, keeping safe and basic first aid
Pupils learn about early signs of physical illness, the importance of sun care, good quality sleep, dental health, personal hygiene, the facts and science relating to immunisation and vaccination and basic first aid. We use resources from the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

Economic wellbeing
In year 6, pupils look at a module on ‘money’. This covers the role that money plays in our lives, spending decisions, risks associated with money and links to the world of work and careers as set out in the DfE guidance and Gatsby benchmarks.

Ourselves, growing and changing
In year 6, pupils learn the key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body, which includes physical and emotional changes. Pupils also look at the key facts of the menstrual cycle and menstrual wellbeing. Links are made to our Science curriculum when looking at human reproduction and birth.



Health and wellbeing
As part of our pupils’ physical health and mental wellbeing topic, we look at how pupils can talk about their emotions, how happiness links to being connected to others and common types of mental ill health. We look at language, challenging misconceptions and strategies. We also look at the benefits of physical exercise and community participation.

Internet Safety and Harms, online and media
Pupils build on previous learning in Y6 and look at online risks, in particular looking at how personal material is shared and used and the law surrounding sexually explicit material and indecent images of children.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

To recap the facts on legal and illegal drugs and their associated risks. To look at the law surrounding substance use and misuse and strategies to manage a range of influences, including peer pressure.

Personal Safety, risk and basic first aid
This unit covers the meaning of risk and how to keep safe, looking at risk assessment and decision making skills. Pupils learn basic first aid using resources from the Red Cross ‘First Aid Champions’ and St John Ambulance. Pupils look at common injuries, the primary survey, making an emergency call, recovery position, CPR and the use of an AED. This unit also includes a road safety workshop.

Changing adolescent body
Pupils build on their knowledge of puberty, changing adolescent body, managing the physical and mental changes of growing up and menstrual wellbeing.

Learning skills and careers
As part of the “Living in the wider world” module, pupils look at developing their learning skills and thinking about the skills that employers value. They study the idea of enterprise and run a stall at our school fete raising money for local charities in the Summer term.



Health and wellbeing
Each year group looks at physical health and wellbeing at the start of each new year. This unit looks at how pupils can talk about their emotions, connect to others, recognise early signs of mental wellbeing concerns and common types of mental ill health, how they can have a positive or negative effect on our own and others’ lives. Pupils look at ways of building resilience and a range of healthy coping strategies.

Respectful relationships and families
In this unit, pupils look at different types of relationships, the concept of marriage, the characteristics of positive and healthy friendships, diversity and stereotypes and different types of bullying.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Pupils build on previous knowledge on legal, illegal drugs and substances and their associated risks. They also look at the concepts of dependence and addiction.

Internet Safety and Harms, online and media
Pupils continue to look at online risks, this includes rights, responsibilities and opportunities, personal material, sexually explicit and potentially harmful material and how information and data is generated, collected, shared and used online.

Work and Careers-choices and pathways
In this unit, pupils look at the options available to them at the end of KS3, routes into work and career pathways, goal setting and aspirations. Pupils look at the National Careers Service website and take part in a ‘careers speed dating’ activity.

RSE and being safe
Pupils continue to build on their knowledge about the key facts of puberty, the changing adolescent body and menstrual wellbeing. They cover the concepts and laws relating to consent and grooming. Pupils learn about the risks of unprotected sex, contraception, STIs and strategies for identifying and managing sexual pressure.

PSHE Curriculum Information


Parent Guides: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education


Useful Websites for Support - we have put together a list of resources that you may find useful


Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (Statutory Guidance Document):


Some frequently asked questions can be found at:

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