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Personal, Social and Health Education


The fundamental aim of PSHE is to provide for the personal development of pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.




As a school, we aim to provide quality PSHE teaching that links closely with our School Values and ethos.  Linking our PSHE lessons with the values of Courage, Respect, Hope, Enjoyment and Sense of Community will enable all of our children to ‘Grow in Strength, Wisdom and Faith’.



At St Pauls we aim to achieve this

  • by developing self-esteem and self-knowledge
  • by  encouraging pupils to become responsible members of society
  • by developing social skills, including the ability to manage pressure from peers and the media
  • by helping the pupils to explore their feelings and emotions
  • by developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
  • by promoting positive attitudes towards health and challenging those that may be detrimental to health
  • by providing accurate, up-to-date information about matters affecting health, to enable pupils to make informed choices and take responsibility for their own lives


Curricular Provision


Our PSHE provision will develop the skills and knowledge to enable pupils to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.


Outside of the taught curriculum


As a school, we are committed to support the emotional and social needs of our children.  We have introduced several new initiatives to help us to achieve this.  The whole school now takes part in the Daily Mile/Wake and Shake programme every morning.  The benefits of this are that the children are motivated as soon as they start their school day.  They are more energised, ready to learn and show better focus in class. The Daily Mile also increases the amount of physical activity for pupils without impacting curriculum time significantly.


An area of the library is set up as The Oasis where children can go for quiet time and reflection.  Our ELSA has spent time making this a welcoming environment.  Our playtime Friendship Stop is currently being changed to meet the needs of children at playtimes as effectively as possible.  A Wellbeing Club is taking place as a lunchtime club for the first time this year; this will be available for Key Stage 2 children to begin with.  There is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider available for the children this year as well.  These initiatives raise the profile of how important it is to understand and support mental health issues, and will ensure any children who need help get it as quickly as possible.


As well as curriculum time, PSHE will also be supplemented by topics in assemblies, visits by guest speakers and residential trips such as Bush Craft and Green Park where the children have to use a variety of the skills previously taught within the school.  Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity to use their skills within the Young Enterprise and Mini Enterprise sessions.