‘Be a good human being, a warm hearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief.’

Dalai Lama


Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. PSHCE at Dringhouses is taught as a discrete school subject but it also underpins and links to the school values and ethos.

Through this explicit and implicit teaching, children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. The national curriculum also states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’.

PSHCE education contributes to schools’ statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum. As a school, our long term objectives aim to support pupil’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development whilst preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) became compulsory in all primary schools in 2020. The aim of RSE is to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts (including online). High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

At Dringhouses, we have integrated RSE into out PSHCE curriculum; the curriculum is progressive from EYFS to Y6 and ensures our children leave primary school with the knowledge and skills (outlined in the RSE Government Guidance) to support them now and in the future. Please see the PSHCE and Relationship and Health policy on this page for further details.


In EYFS, the three strands of PSHE (Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Wellbeing) are taught each term throughout the year, however these are not rigid and teaching is linked to events that crop up in the calendar or link to the learning projects. The EYFS teachers deliver the curriculum through picture books with a main focus on discussion and through continuous provision.

In KS1 and KS2, PSHE is taught as a discrete subject with a week of learning each half term; this it following the long term plan which has been devised using the objectives from the PSHE Association. Each strand of the PSHE and RSE curriculum is covered over a term – Relationships in the autumn, Living in the Wider World in spring and Health and Wellbeing in summer. Lessons are designed to teach different aspects of PSHE and prepare children for life outside and beyond school as well as be able to manage certain situations if they were to arise for them (for example crime, drugs and loss). Some lessons have a written outcome, however this is not a necessity for all PSHE lessons as some lessons are delivered through the use of circle times, class discussions, drama and role play, class debates or completing written activities.

In addition to this, the whole school has weekly wellbeing assemblies with Clare Smith and half termly mindfulness sessions with Laura McFarland. Teachers in each phase are responsible for planning PSHE into their curriculum and, where possible, creating links to the class text and learning project at the time. Planning is devised using the PSHE long term plan included on the Dringhouses Primary School Curriculum Map.

Our PSHE Co-ordinator is Miss Emily Robinson

Please contact her for further information and/or take a look at the following documents:

Relationships and Health Education Policy

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