Personal, Social, Health & Cultural Education (PSHCE)

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PSHCE education is the planned provision of the personal development of all pupils within a healthy school.

The acquisition of skills, attitudes, values and understanding is essential to ensure the entitlement of all pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and for their preparation for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Successful PSHCE education is achieved through formal and informal learning and from experiences throughout the school. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to the life of Usworth Colliery Primary School and communities. In doing so they recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially tackling many spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective fulfilling relationships, that are an essential part of life and learning.

The Framework for PSHCE

The knowledge, skills and understanding to be taught are in four interrelated sections.

  1. Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of pupils’ abilities.
  2. Preparing to play an active role as citizens.
  3. Developing a healthy safer lifestyle
  4. Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.


Curriculum organisation and planning

PSHCE, are delivered within a whole school approach and planned curriculum opportunities. This will take the form of:

  • Discrete curriculum time
  • Teaching through and in other subjects/curriculum areas
  • Through PSHCE activities and school events
  • Through pastoral care and guidance
  • Assemblies: whole school, phase and class.

National Healthy School Status

At Usworth Colliery Primary School we have achieved NHSS and recognise this as an effective whole school approach to promote PSHCE. As part of the school self evaluation process the school will continue to review against the four criteria of National Healthy School Status:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health and Well Being

Curriculum Delivery

All teachers are encouraged to develop a repertoire of flexible, active learning methods:

  • Effective starting and ending strategies
  • High order questioning skills
  • Climate building and ground rules
  • Agenda setting
  • Working together
  • Values clarification
  • Information gathering and sharing
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding another point of view
  • Working with feelings and imagination
  • Reflection review and evaluation
  • Circle time
  • School Council (preparatory activities)
  • Drama and role play

PSHE and Citizenship Activities and School Events

Residential experiences, visits and special days in school provide opportunities for children to plan and work together and develop and maintain relationships under different circumstances. They can discover new qualities and characteristics through volunteering, participating and reflecting on new experiences. The links between Health Promoting Schools Award (the National Healthy School Standard) PSHCE, pastoral care and guidance are important. Where children are taught largely by a class teacher, these links may occur more naturally, but the role of other staff is also important.

Use of Visitors

Where appropriate, the school nurse, or other visitors will be used. Their input will be planned and delivered in conjunction with the class teacher. The learning environment extends beyond the classroom and to be more effective, will reflect and be responsive to the needs of the wider community.

You Saw my What!?!?


As part of a cross-curricular link between PSHCE and ICT, KS2 pupils have been exploring the NSPCC short film “I Saw Your Willy”.

The children started by exploring what they would do if they found something “naughty” online (Y3 & Y4) and what information is Ok and not Ok to share (Y5 & Y6) and recorded their observations onto a collaborative post-it board (please see the slideshow below).

Using the NSPCC PowerPoint, the themes of the film was then discussed before being consolidated using a specially designed Kahoot quiz. Finally, the results of this was then used to reiterate any themes from the presentation that the children still found unclear.

Download (PPTX, 1.3MB)