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Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

Changes to our PSHE Education from September 2015

Why it should be taught?

Personal, Health and Social Education underpins life at Abbots Hall Primary Academy. Children’s attitudes to themselves and each other must be healthy if effective learning is to take place.  The emphasis is on encouraging individual responsibility, awareness and informed decision making to promote healthy and safe lifestyles.  Our academy uses our comprehensive PSHE curriculum and linked assemblies to promote pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain. Therefore British Values are an integral part of our scheme and referred to throughout. 

What does PSHE Education include?

  • Equality and Diversity Education 
  • Drugs and Alcohol Education 
  • Relationships and Sex Education (also known as SRE)


Parents and Pupil led change!

After reviewing parental and pupil comments from this year's annual surveys the school took the decision to review its PSHE curriculum evaluating its impact and it's relevance in a modern British society. The review clearly showed that elements including work educating pupils about the many different types of bullying and their impact were out of date. Since this, the school leadership and the governors took the decision to redesign the curriculum to ensure that our PSHE curriculum is tailored to the needs of our children and their families.



What has changed?

The school leadership team have taken the decision to introduce a completely new PSHE scheme work from September 2015. Our chosen PSHE Education Curriculum Framework has been developed by Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) in partnership with Yaa Asare, Equality Consultant; Brighton Peace and Environment Centre and a range of Brighton & Hove Schools. The scheme builds on our similarities and seek enrichment from our differences and so promote understanding and learning between and towards others to create cohesive communities.


The aims of Equality education are:

  • to promote positive attitudes and good relationships between people from all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, faiths, abilities and ethnic origins
  • to promote equality of access and opportunity within our academy and within our wider community. 
  • to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation.


Every individual belongs to a range of different groups, and therefore has a range of different loyalties and affiliations. Children need to know and feel confident with all aspects of their own identity but also to be open to exploring their values and attitudes, and to be able to engage positively with individuals in schools and wider as they enter the workforce. Our PSHE provision is based on the assumptions that everyone has equal worth and everybody has a right to be treated with respect.  If these are our underlying values, then we can introduce and reinforce these values through teaching about British Values, Citizenship, local and global communities, cultural diversity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, family diversity and disability education. There is a need for pupils to recognise prejudice, stereotyping and injustice and to equip pupils with the confidence and skills to challenge discrimination in any form.


All the materials delivered as part of our academy’s PSHE and associated assembly themes have been reviewed by a working group of governors including parent governors. However, it will be the responsibility of classroom teachers delivering the programme to ensure resources used reflect the ethos and policies of the academy and meets the needs of pupils. Within our PSHE curriculum map, there is added flexibility to provide teachers delivering the materials to decide the appropriateness of content for the context of the year group. 


The academy is also seeking to widen the consultation to parents/carers so please take the time to review the materials on this site and send any comments via the comments section below. Thank you!

Parental Consultation re:PSHE changes 2015

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to participate with this consultation. Parents and carers play a vital part in our delivery of the PSHE curriculum as in many cases it is normal for these sessions to stimulate further discussion at home around the topics/themes covered in class. Please take the time to review the content of this page and send any comments to the school as your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please remember if you require the school to answer any questions directly please add your name and a member of staff will be in touch.

A greater focus on children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development


What is Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) and why is it important?

  • Spiritual - Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
  • Moral - Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social - Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance
  • Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


What is British Values and how is this taught?

Abbots Hall Primary Academy refers to British Values across its entire curriculum but it is also referred to throughout in our comprehensive PSHE scheme and assembly framework. Within our PSHE and assembly framework we:

  • enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the academy and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people, and;
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England;
  • encourage respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

How it will be organised and covered

P.S.H.E will be provided through:

  • Discreet Curriculum time (PSHE lessons),
  • Cross-curricular links within our Inspire Curriculum
  • Assemblies, class assemblies, class discussions and circle time.
  • As and when issues arise ensuring time is made within the curriculum to meet the needs of the children.
  • Extra curricular activities e.g. health days, Theatre groups, Friendship week.
  • Planned learning will be recorded on weekly or daily plans.

Help for parents and carers 

Parents' Right to Withdraw their Children from RSE

Parents will be informed of planned Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) sessions in curriculum updates provided by their child’s classteacher. In all year groups, parents will be invited to review the planned programme of learning for RSE including the videos and activities on offer before it is taught to the children. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of RSE sessions, except those elements taught as part of the National Curriculum Science. Any parent wishing to discuss this aspect of the curriculum in more detail should contact the Headteacher. Any parent or carer wishing to withdraw their child from RSE or an aspect of the RSE curriculum should complete the form below.