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Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

At Maple Tree Primary School, we see Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) and Values Education at the base of all that we do in preparing pupils for the 21st century. PSHCE enables children to become healthy, secure, independent and responsible members of a diverse society. Although PSHCE is non-statutory, we see it as an important and necessary part of all pupils’ learning. The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social development) is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins all other learning. We follow a scheme of learning through 3Dimensions PSHCE.

Through our curriculum, our school environment and Values Based Education, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work, in the community and for the future. All children participate in PSHCE learning and topics, such as, relationships and health which are revisited each year with progression being made age appropriately. Throughout the year we hold themed days and an Anti-Bullying Week that all children take part in. Children take part in local, national and international charitable fund raising events that the teaching of PSHCE plays an important role in.

All our year groups have timetabled PSHCE time but we encourage a cross-curricular approach to the development of PSHCE skills and understanding. Circle time is used to listen to others and to be heard with the help of class friends. Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures. They participate in a variety of cultural events such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Shrove Tuesday and Shavuot.

National Curriculum PSHE programmes of Study


RSE (Relationships, Sex Education)

From September 2020 RSE will be statutory in all primary schools. Whilst we currently teach many aspects of this through our science and PSHE programmes there is a consultation with parents, staff, governors and children this academic year to jointly decide on the relevant content for the children at Maple Tree. All stakeholders will be informed of progress during the course of this year.