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What is PSHE education and why is it important?

“PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.”   (PSHE ASSOCIATION)

Warwick Road Primary School has decided to adopt the programme of study developed by the PSHE association. Further information can be found at:

This programme of study is based on three core themes within which there will be a broad overlap and flexibility:  

1. Health and Wellbeing 

2. Relationships 

3. Living in the Wider World – Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen   

We will also continue to use links with the 7 SEAL themes:

Theme 1 – New Beginnings

Theme 2 – Getting On and Falling Out

Theme 3 – Say No to Bullying (Anti-Bullying Week)

Theme 4 – Going for Goals

Theme 5 – Good to be Me

Theme 6 - Relationships

Theme 7 - Changes


What is the relationship between SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) and PSHE education?

“SEAL contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional aspects of learning. It provides a framework and some ideas for teaching social and emotional skills within discrete lessons, across subjects and outside the classroom.  PSHE education provides an invaluable contribution to learning the social and emotional skills that are identified in SEAL.  SEAL in turn provides a framework that supports PSHE education.”  (PSHE ASSOCIATION)

Learning and Teaching

PSHE and Citizenship will be interwoven throughout the daily life of school and taught throughout the primary curriculum, using cross-curricular links.  A variety of teaching and learning styles will be used when delivering PSHE and Citizenship.  These may include: discussion, videos, visits/visitors, stories, internet research, links with other schools and links with parents.  Resources and strategies such as SEAL and circle time, ‘Secrets of Success’ and ‘Family Values Scheme’ will also be regularly used.  It is important to set the appropriate climate for learning by encouraging active participation, asking the children open ended questions and encouraging to ask open ended questions of each other.   PSHE and Citizenship is integrated into the new Primary Curriculum 2014 through a whole school approach, using cross curricular links to deliver it, as well as through assemblies, charity/fundraising events, parent workshops, links with other schools, circle times, class trips, visitors from the wider community and discreet SEAL lessons.  Topics are covered at least once, but most of the topics are covered several times. However, each time a topic is covered the class teacher will ensure it is appropriate to the child’s age, maturity and ability.  

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