Personal Social Health and Economic Education

What is PSHE education and why is it important?

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education plays a central role in our curriculum. It is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. At Jolesfield, as part of a whole-school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.

The PSHE curriculum focuses on 5 key areas:

Being me in my world: Supports pupils to develop a sense of responsibility;to feel proud of themselves and their school; to know their rights and responsibilities; to get to know each other and understand that everyone is an individual with rights and responsibilities; compare their own lives with those of other children around the world.

Celebrating Difference: to teach children about respect for self and others; to respect diversity and equality; to understand how to be part of a diverse community; to deal with conflict effectively; to understand the part money plays in people’s lives and enterprise.

Dreams and goals: to learn how to deal with challenges; to set personal goals and work towards achieving them; to think about their own strengths and how they can use these to help others; to look at the wider community and think of ways that they can make the world a better place.

Healthy me: what is meant by a healthy lifestyle; to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing; to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing; ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe; to take responsibility for their own health.

Relationships: how to develop and maintain a variety of constructive and respectful relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts; how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships; how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse including online relationships; how to respond to risky or negative relationships;  and ask for help and how to respect equality and diversity in relationships.


  • PSHE Curriculum 2021/22
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