PSHE & Relationship Education

Personal, Social, Health, Emotional (PSHE) is a very important subject which equips children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills needed to live safe healthy lives. It deals with the real life issues affecting our school, families and communities.

PSHE education:

  • Supports pupils to be healthy physically and mentally aswell as encouraging individual responsibilty for personal health.
  • Contributes to the safety of children online, outdoors and understanding the importance of personal boundaries.
  • Supports pupils to understand similarities and differences between themselves and others,
  • Promotes independence and responsibility, preparing children and young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders.

In 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance about changes to the PSHE cirriculum, which schools must implement and comply to. The Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE are now statutory in all primary schools. This covers broad areas of particular relevance and concern to children and young people in today’s modern world. It ensures that every child is guaranteed a PSHE education that covers mental health and wellbeing, physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid) and learn about safe and healthy relationships).

Following our consultation process last year, we have taken on board feedback from parents, students, staff and governors and have updated our Relationships and Sex Education policy to take into account the new statutory changes.

As a school we use Connect PSHE as a scheme of learning for PSHE and RSE. All lessons are age appropriate with the aim that all children achieve their fullest potential.

  • Connect is a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) wellbeing curriculum for primary school children.
  • It is a weekly programme that teaches children key skills to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience.
  • Connect combines psycho-education skills development curriculum-based interventions within schools. The scheme is highly regarded by many schools across the UK including all primaries within the Carlton Academy Trust.
  • Connect was created by a group of teachers, academic, educational and clinical psychologists based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • ACT is a mindfulness-based approach to wellbeing that focuses on psychological flexibility (being willing to experience all thoughts and feelings, even the unwanted ones, whilst still moving in the direction of one’s values)

When teaching this resource we take into consideration different faiths/religions, values and beliefs and ensure that we are providing our children with high quality teaching which takes the above into account. We also cover a whole range of lifeskills including: British Values and the importance of it, fire safety, water safety, road safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, mental health, bike safety, first aid, online safety and keeping safe outdoors. These skills are covered through lessons, assemblies, planned weeks/days and by inviting in visitors/people from the community such as: the police, fire service, NSPCC, St Johns Ambulance, local church, Bradford Council and many more.


Please see below the key documents.

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