Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

Matthew 7:12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you."

Our commitment to PSHE:

At Higham St. John's C E Primary School, we recognise that nurturing our children to show kindness and respect towards others, play a positive role within their community and learn about the world in which they live is an essential part of their primary education and helps to prepare them for the next stage in their learning.

What does the Department for Education recommend?

Schools are encouraged by the Department of Education to "tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils... we expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions."

The DfE provides grant funding to the PSHE Association to advise schools in developing their own PSHE curriculum.  Our new draft curriculum (elements of which we will be trialing in the Summer Term 2020) draws content directly from the PSHE Association's materials for schools.  We have mapped this across year groups and have also included references to our Christian Values, British Values, SMSC (further information on these two elements is available on this page), our 'Hopes and Dreams' lists and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  

Statutory changes to Relationships and Health Education - September 2020

In September 2020, the Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of the PSHE curriculum will become statutory - and therefore compulsory - in all primary schools.

We have begun the process of consulting on this updated curriculum with members of our wider school community including parents, children, governors and staff.  Our updated school policy on PSHE with specific reference to Relationships and Health Education will be posted on the website once it has been agreed and ratified by the Governing Body.

PSHE / HRSE Policy March 2021

Policy, curriculum and consultation:

The consultation on our new PSHE / HRSE Policy has now concluded.

The following policy was ratified by the governing body of Higham St. John's C E Primary School on Monday 15th March 2021.

The long term curricular plan is included within the policy for parents' information.

The period of consultation will continue until Friday 21st May 2021 during which time parents will be invited to contact the school if they have any queries or concerns.

Parents will be directed to the school website to access the information below as during the pandemic, it is not possible to host a meeting on site to discuss the new policy.  The relationship and sex education elements of the curriculum are unchanged from the curriculum which has been delivered in the past at the school and therefore we anticipate that most parents will already be familiar with its content.

Statutory and non-statutory elements of the relationships and sex education aspect of PSHE are made clear for parents' information within the policy.

PSHE / HRSE long term curriculum coverage

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

Please see the document below for a statement on our commitment to providing high-quality SMSC for the children throughout our wider curriculum.  Please note: all documents on this page are currently in draft whilst we are consulting on this aspect of our curriculum.