PSHE Policy

Children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority and PSHE is the key vehicle through which we share this with children.

PSHE Policy statement – 2019/2020

The Importance of PSHE

Our personal, social and health education (PSHE) programme promotes children’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.

At Kniveton Primary School, children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority and PSHE is the key vehicle through which we share this with children. We regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos.

Our PSHE curriculum is broad and balanced, ensuring that it:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children and of society;

  • Prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life;

  • Provides information about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically;

  • Encourages our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves and the environment.

At Kniveton Primary School we deliver our PSHE curriculum through a scheme called PSHE Matters, which is based around the three core themes.


For children to:

Health and Wellbeing
  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.

  • Know how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

  • Be aware of safety issues, including how to respond in an emergency.

  • Know how to manage change, including puberty, transition and loss.

  • Develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social and cultural context.

  • Know how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships.

  • Know how to recognise risky or negative relationships, including all forms of bullying and abuse and ask for help.

  • Know how to respect equality and diversity.

Living in the Wider World
  • Know the importance of responsible behaviours and actions.

  • Be responsible and independent members of our school community.

  • Be positive and active members of a democratic society.

  • Know about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.

  • Develop self-confidence and self esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues.

  • Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.

  • Know about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively.

  • Have a basic understanding of enterprise.

We explore the three core themes through 12 learning modules, which are taught over a two-year cycle. The modules are constructed around three age groups:

  • Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
  • Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
  • Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

The 12 modules are:

  1. Drug Education – including how to manage risk and peer influences.
  2. Exploring Emotions – including how to recognise and manage feelings and emotions.
  3. Being Healthy – including the importance of looking after our mental health.
  4. Growing up – including the Sex Education element.
  5. Changes – including loss.
  6. Bullying Matters – including how to ask for help.
  7. Being Me – including identity and community.
  8. Difference and Diversity – including challenging stereotypes.
  9. Being Responsible – including looking after the environment.
  10. Being Safe – particularly featuring cyber, gaming and CSE.
  11. Relationships – including what is a healthy relationship
  12. Money Matters – including enterprise


PSHE is delivered within a whole school approach which includes:

  • Dedicated curriculum time

  • Specialised assemblies

  • PSHE activities and school events

  • Pastoral care and guidance

  • Visiting speakers

Relationships within school

Relationships at Kniveton School are based on an atmosphere of trust and respect for everyone. Children are encouraged to develop good relationships with their peers and all staff and to take responsibility for their own behaviours. All staff provide good role models for children and work hard to promote a safe, happy environment. The children have an active school council where two children from each year group are elected to represent their year groups and class’s views.

Assessment and Recording

Children are informally assessed by staff throughout their work and the reports given to parents will reflect this. All children have a PSHE workbook and evidence of PSHE will be in a variety of forms eg photographs as well as written work and drawings.

Policy written by A. Raine (PSHE Lead) 2018

Policy to be renewed: Autumn 2020