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Curriculum Lead: Rosie Chenault and Grace Wellbourne




PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities. Our PSHE programme at Coten End has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. It aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing (physical and mental), relationships and living in the wider world. Children are taught to recognise online and offline risks to their well-being and to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media. In both the ‘Taking Care Project’ (Protective Behaviours scheme) and our RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) scheme, children develop the skills to recognise and manage healthy relationships both online and in the real world. The comprehensive relationship education our pupils receive helps them to develop their vocabulary and emotional literacy to enable them to talk about and manage their feelings. It helps children build their own support networks and the confidence to ask for help when they feel unsafe.




  • PSHE taught in weekly lessons across school
  • Whole-school themes for each half term:

1. Taking Care Project
2. Relationships
3. Health and Well-Being
4. The Big Debate
5. Living in the Wider World
6. Relationships and Sex Education 

  • Set learning intentions in each year group for each area to ensure progression and coverage 
  • Teachers encouraged to be responsive to issues arising in their class/the media/society
  • Mental health given the same status as physical health
  • Children taught a range of strategies to identify and manage difficult feelings
  • Online Safety embedded across the curriculum but also taught via discrete lessons under the following themes:

1. Self-image and identity
2. Online relationships
3. Online reputation
4. Online bullying
5. Managing online information
6. Health, Well-Being and Lifestyle
7. Privacy and security
8. Copyright and ownership

  • Fundamental British Values promoted throughout
  • Opportunities for children to debate/discuss moral and social issues and think critically
  • Spiral Relationships and Sex Education curriculum to ensure that children are taught to recognise and manage healthy relationships effectively
  • Use of picture books and social stories to enhance learning
  • Clear ground rules always established so that lessons are a safe place for children to share their views/experiences and ask questions
  • Key national awareness days marked/celebrated



A robust PSHE curriculum prepares pupils for their adult lives and teaches them to understand how to engage with society, including valuing difference and diversity, being responsible and respectful citizens and further deepening pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values. It removes barriers to learning and therefore has a positive impact on children's attendance, behaviour and progress across the curriculum. Children will develop positive relationships with their peers both now and in the future, having respect for themselves and others, and will be equipped with the skills to know how to seek help when required. 

Whole-School PSHE Objectives

Taking Care Project


Protective Behaviours is a practical down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection. The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear (Ann Seal, Protective Behaviours)


Click the links below for further reading about this Protective Behaviours scheme.