What is PSHE?

‘Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to give children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.  It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.  It offers learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons as well as in assemblies, circle time, school projects and other activities that enrich pupils' experiences.’ (QCA)


Personal, Health and Social Education underpins life at Benton Dene School. Children’s attitudes to themselves and each other must be healthy if effective learning is to take place. We aim to promote a caring and happy environment in which all pupils can thrive, assisting them to develop independence, self-confidence and self-esteem. We aim to assist them to lead a life as independently as possible, to integrate socially and to leave primary school prepared for high school. We aim to provide a learning environment which promotes moral and spiritual development, embraces equality of opportunity and challenges pupils to be actively involved in their own learning. The provision of PSHE within the school contributes significantly to the achievement of these aims.

The PSHE Curriculum Provision

The main aims are to ensure effective delivery of the PSHE curriculum, at a level appropriate to each child, and to ensure that the curriculum contributes significantly to all five National Outcomes of Every Child Matters. The five outcomes are:

  1. Being healthy
  2. Staying safe
  3. Enjoying and achieving
  4. Making a positive contribution
  5. Economic well-being

The PSHE programme is divided into specific key areas for each half-term, but does allow for whole school theme days and events in order to promote specific areas. Within PSHE there are many opportunities for of cross-curricular links to be made, such as links to RE where pupils’ social, moral and spiritual welfare is explored. PSHE forms an important part of pupils’ development and the link with parents, carers and home is very important. Parents will be kept informed of their children’s programmes through Annual Reviews and parent consultation evenings.

 At Benton Dene School we teach PSHE in a variety of ways:

  • Circle time
  • Assemblies
  • Discrete subject
  • Outside visitors
  • School trips 

Benton Dene School PSHE Curriculum Map

RSE-Relationships and Sex Education