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Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)


At Bishop Monkton School we believe all children should flourish. Learning to respect and care for themselves, one another, their community and environment and enabling them to grow up to be informed, active, responsible and healthy citizens is vital. Our Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE) curriculum fulfils the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education (RSE) set out by the Department for Education as well as  the National Curriculum requirement to teach PSHE (‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education’) and goes beyond the statutory requirements by referring to the PSHE Association Programme of Study (recommended by the Department for Education.) 


However at our school, PSHE goes beyond fulfilling statutory requirements.  It is about equipping our children with the knowledge and skills to fulfil our school vision: to be healthy, happy and vibrant individuals who are learning how to become responsible and respectful citizens. We want our children to understand themselves, to have positive relationships in their lives, to feel safe and in control and to be able to contribute positively to an ever-changing world.




Our PSHE curriculum is taught under five main areas:

  • Family and relationships
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Safety and the changing body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic wellbeing


We follow Kapow PSHE scheme, a spiral curriculum which focuses on the key areas throughout KS1 and KS2. Each topic area is revisited every year, with an age-appropriate focus which allows knowledge to be built upon. The pupil’s prior knowledge is utilised so they can build on previous foundations.  Some of the things the children learn are:

  • Valuing families and different family structures
  • Creating and maintaining positive friendships
  • Developing safe and respectful relationships
  • Understanding the changes that take place during puberty
  • Promoting good health and carrying out first aid
  • Learning to make independent choices and not to be influenced by others
  • Operating safely in a digital world

Early Years:

PSHE in the Foundation Stage is based on the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This comes under the prime area of Personal, social and emotional development and covers three key elements:

  • Self-regulation
  • Managing self
  • Building relationships

PSHE is explored through regular circle time, a formal PSHE curriculum, collective worship, the school value and British value, enhancement days, themed weeks and extra-curricular activities. The PSHE curriculum is further enhanced through school activities such as School Council, Eco-action Squad ,Sports Leaders, Wellbeing Warriors and other positions of responsibilities.  These provide leadership opportunities for a wide range of pupils. 


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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)


In September 2020 Relationships Education became compulsory in primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education became compulsory in secondary schools. At Bishop Monkton Sex Education is taught from Year 5 as part of understanding about healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. It is delivered in an age-appropriate manner by familiar teaching staff. Parents have an opportunity to view teaching materials beforehand. 


Please see our RSE policy for further details.




By the time children leave our school they will have a good understanding of who they are, how they belong, how they can have positive relationships and use their knowledge to contribute positively to society, bringing them an all-rounded sense of wellbeing.