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Trefonen CE Primary School

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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)


At Trefonen CE Primary School, we intend that our personal, social, health and education (PSHE) curriculum enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community


Our PSHE curriculum aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives, and become informed, active and responsible citizens. Our PSHE curriculum is based on the best practice principles identified in the national PSHE Association. Through our PSHE curriculum we aim to help pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that will prepare them for their future lives, including keeping themselves and others healthy and safe, helping them to navigate the challenges that they will face in the wider world in a positive way, and helping them to become good citizens, who contribute positively to society. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught within our PSHE programme.


Our PSHE curriculum focuses on the three core areas of:

  1. Health & Well Being,
  2. Relationships, and
  3. Living in a Wider World



The intention of our ‘Health and Well Being’ teaching units is to help children at our school to develop their knowledge of mental health and healthy eating, how to keep themselves and others safe, including managing risk and what to do in first aid emergencies, including how to carry out some common first aid techniques.

The intention of our ‘Relationships’ teaching units is to help children at our school to know how to develop and manage relationships, both on and off-line in a health way that keeps themselves and others safe, and helps them to understand and appreciate equality and diversity within our society. This includes Relationships and Sex Education, which at our school is based on the award winning Shropshire ‘Respect Yourself’ teaching programme, and E-safety, which is based on the national ‘Education for a Connected World’ teaching programme.

The intention of our ‘Living in a Wider World’ teaching units is to help children at our school to know and understand what being ‘a good citizen’ means, and to know and understand their responsibilities and rights as citizens. This includes helping pupils to know and understand economic factors that will impact on their future lives and their role in the sustainability of our word for themselves and future generations.

Whilst our school’s PSHE programme provides our children with knowledge through our specific taught programmes, we also aim to help our pupils to apply their knowledge through the provision of incidental learning across the curriculum and school life, and through the provision of opportunities for pupils to practice good citizenship through leadership roles, e.g. School Council, Rota-Kids, Safer Schools’ Representatives, Sports Leaders, Library Leaders, Class Reporters etc.