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Intent for PHSE (including RSE)

At Overseal Primary School, our intent is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, enabling them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society whose spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.  Our curriculum supports children to understand and respect our common humanity: it's diversity and its differences so that they can go on to form, the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. Safeguarding is a key element of our PSHE curriculum as pupils learn about their own identity, risks, decision-making and how to keep themselves safe, both mentally, physically and sexually. It links with the RE and computing curriculum.

All children are exposed to PSHE through weekly lessons and assemblies.

PSHE is taught through a spiral curriculum where each year group revisits and builds upon their previous learning. 

Each year children will look at the following four topics -

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Relationships

3. Living in the wider world

4. RSE

The whole school ethos and values, alongside the wide range of activities and experiences that schools offer beyond the curriculum, all form an essential part of our PHSE offer.


PHSE and RSE underpins the school values and vision and that it is a vital subject for developing resilient pupils, for life and work in Modern Britain.  British values form a large part of the PSHE work and these are celebrated in our Core British Values Assembly. Pupils take part in a wide range of activities and the PSHE Leader works with a Governor to  widen children’s understanding of career options. Pupils are encouraged to take leadership roles in school e.g. Team Captain, School Council, Anti Bullying Ambassadors and School Sports Organising crew. The school holds the ABC anti bullying award and is a Rights Respecting School.

The PSHE Leader ensures that subject knowledge is up to date through attending courses. She works closely with class teachers and external agencies to ensure the PSHE curriculum  is tailored for individual classes and is responsive to contextual needs such as work on diversity and raising aspiration

All children are given access to the PSHE curriculum through weekly lessons and assemblies. We use the Derbyshire PHSE / RSE Matters scheme  and then supplement this additional materials such as Channel 4 Living and Growing and Stonewall resources. A spiral curriculum approach is used with discrete teaching of core themes. Lessons are tailored towards the needs of classes. Planning focuses on key areas for each class and content is age appropriate. In addition, there are opportunities, where teachers feel it necessary, to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has arisen e.g. road safety. Visitors are used to enhance teaching e.g. Fire Service, Bikeability. 

In addition, Year 6 pupils take part in the DARE project. Dare is intended to compliment the school’s existing PHSE provision and to equip children with a range of knowledge and skills which they can use as the transition to secondary and beyond.

Children may be provided with additional PSHE lessons or support based on needs, for example, our Chill Den Nurture group provides children with additional needs targeted and focussed work to meet their needs. We also run Anger Gremlin, Positive Play and Anxiety Gremlin programmes,  to help to foster good self-esteem, confidence and positive  behaviour choices and to raise aspirations.

To ensure that teaching is at a consistently high standard across the school, the subject co-ordinator will watch lessons and monitor planning and books. There are often key priorities to focus on for this and they will lead to discussions between staff to identify any next steps. These will then form part of the subject action plan which will be shared with key Governors.




The intended impact of this is to ensure that children understand the relevance of what they are learning and its relation to everyday life. They have the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe; build healthy relationships and be responsible and valuable citizens, In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:   


  • Comparison of achievement with the intended outcomes
  • Tracking of vocabulary understanding;  
  • Pupil discussions about their learning;   
  • Revisiting key concepts from previous years and topics;  
  • Images of children’s practical work;  
  • Summative assessment of each topic;
  • Analysis of summative assessment at the end of each year.