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PSHE - Personal, Social & Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education

'Personal, social, health education lessons also provide excellent support for all pupils. One such lesson, covering cyber bullying, expertly engaged all pupils and helped them to deepen their understanding of this complicated issue.' Ofsted Report, June 2018

Personal, Social & Health Education is a fundamental, although unexamined, part of the curriculum. PSHE teaches self knowledge and understanding of others, which underpins all subsequent learning.



PSHE and RSE begins in Kindergarten. Children learn they are a valued part of a group. Individuality is encouraged & celebrated, whilst taking into account that of others. Here lies the foundations of acceptance and understanding, of ourselves and others. Children learn non judgement - of gender, ethnic group, religion, sexual preference, ability and appearance. Self love and kindness are celebrated daily. Healthy and safe behaviours are taught. Nutritious food is encouraged and the links between a healthy body and mind discussed. The children all learn to grow fruit and vegetables in the school garden.

The Primary Years


Continuing in the Primary classes, PSHE and RSE studies extends knowledge into the wider world. Children learn about their rights and personal safety - in the real world and online world. They learn about what helps and harms the world they live in. Children are taught to reflect on terrorist and extremist mentalities. Primary children begin practices in relaxation, mindfulness, meditation and gratitude. Children are introduced to alternative and complimentary therapies / medicines to supplement their scientific studies. Bodies are celebrated through studies of reproductive organs and the wonder of life.

'The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.'
Robert M Hutchins

The Secondary Years


In the Secondary classes PSHE and RSE continues to support the children's mental and physical development with lessons exploring healthy relationships, sexual diversity and sexual health. Children learn about consent and content in relationships, with an emphasis on self awareness and self care. PSHE and RSE studies in the secondary years also teach about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and awareness of peer pressures. Internet addiction and e safety are studied in depth. Mental health is studied and stigmas explored. Finally, careers guidance & support with college subject choices and applications are given as well as lessons in money management.


Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education studies at NFSS are designed to equip children with the self knowledge, relationship, social awareness and healthy behaviours which will continue to support their choices after school and throughout their lives.

PSHE and RSE Curriculum Outline

Here is a general outline of the topics explored at our school. Please note that this is principally a guide and is subject to change.

Kindy and Primary

Families and friendships

Safe relationships

Respecting ourselves and others

Belonging to a community

Media literacy and digital resilience

Money and work

Physical health and Mental wellbeing

Growing and changing

Keeping safe


Transition and safety

Personal safety in and outside school, including first aid

Developing skills and aspirations

Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills, and raising aspirations

Diversity, prejudice, and bullying


Healthy lifestyle

Building relationships

Self-worth, romance and friendships (including online) and relationship boundaries

Financial decision making

Peer influence, substance use 

Digital literacy

Respectful relationships

Families and parenting, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and relationship changes

Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image and coping strategies

Identity and relationships

Learning strengths, career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options process

Mental health

Addressing extremism and radicalisation

Work experience

Building for the future

Self-efficacy, stress management, and future opportunities

Next steps

Application processes, and skills for further education, employment and career progression  Career advice

Communication in relationships

Responsible health choices, and safety in independent contexts

Employability skills

Employability and online presence

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