Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE)

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) helps to develop children’s knowledge and awareness regarding a range of issues, such as positive relationships, supporting others, accessing help/guidance whilst providing the opportunity for critical and reflective thinking.  The children learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people.  As member of a class and school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying.  They begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood.   PSHE provides an ideal subject to address and reflect upon the values, skills and attitudes required in order to promote the responsible use of the internet and other technologies, whilst increasing awareness of the risks (both positive and negative).


PSHE contains six specialist areas:

  • Relationships and Health Education (RHE)
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Staying Safe
  • Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles
  • Drug Education
  • Economic Well-being and Financial Capability

These are taught through a variety of learning opportunities such as designated PSHE lessons and circle times, in other curriculum subjects, through the enrichment of assemblies, visitors to the school and visits out of school.


PSHE promotes the social and emotional aspects of learning which are: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.  These are incorporated into school life together with our school values of respect, kindness, friendship, responsibility, teamwork and perseverance.  PSHE provides opportunities for children to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour which will enable them to become successful learners within and beyond school.


The Progression of Skills for PSHE from Reception to Year 2 can be found here: (PDF, 263.92 kB).