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St Mary’s C of E Primary School

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

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Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

     Welcome to our PSHE page.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education and is highly valued in our school.


PSHE is a non-statutory subject, however there are many parts within it which ARE statutory and must be taught in any primary school: drug education, financial education, relationship education (Relationships, Health and Sex Education) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.


At St Mary's we have tailored our own PSHE education programme to reflect the needs of our pupils and through it we aim to equip pupils with a sound understanding of  our 3 'Big Ideas' : Responsibility, Choices and Identity.


Classes throughout the school take part in whole-school activities, days and themed events such as Comic or Sports Relief, Black History Month and Anti-bullying Week as well as following their particular year group's PSHE and RSHE curriculum. All of this is intended to enrich the children's lives and enable our children to develop knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, both in the present and in the future.


Books we can read:

Theme Weeks:

Our programme of education uses the PSHE Association 'Question-Based' planning document as it's basis. We also use the 'Christopher Winter Project' scheme to teach the statutory 'Relationships' content of PSHE, as well as to help guide teaching of the Primary Education (statutory) elements of Sex Education.

Parents’ right to withdraw

Parents do not have the right to withdraw their children from relationships education.

Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from non-statutory sex education, but at St Mary's we are not teaching anything that is not part of the statutory National Curriculum (Science).

Parents are encouraged to meet with the senior leadership team and subject leader to discuss any concerns.

The curriculum overview for PSHE and RSE sets out the content that should be covered by each year group. Although the units are shared out between the three academic terms teachers from each year group may find units may need to be taught earlier, or in a different term than indicated, in order to respond to the needs of the children and events that occur during the course of the year.

Progression in PSHE and RSE: Whole School