Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is at the heart of the school’s ethos.


What is PSED?


  • Personal development is about how children come to understand who they are and what they can do.
  • Social development covers how children come to understand themselves in relation to others, how they make friends, understand the rules of society, and behave towards others.
  • Emotional development is about how children understand their own and other’s feelings and develop their ability to be empathetic – to see things from another person’s point of view.

Developing children’s PSED skills begins in the nurturing and child-led Early Years Unit. The nursery and reception children have designated Key People and build new friendships throughout their first school years. Children’s work and achievements from home and school are shared and celebrated with parents through parental involvement in children’s learning journeys and the use of an open door (each morning and afternoon).


Our Foundation unit also host half-termly learning parties which gives parents and carers the opportunity to come and learn with their children.


PSED continues to develop through Key Stage 1 and 2 across the school where the children are motivated and inspired to learn through a creative curriculum. Friendships with adults and children continue to grow alongside children’s self-esteem, confidence and independence. ‘Show and Tells’, ‘Circle Times’ and ‘Reward Times’ are used positively to celebrate children’s efforts and achievements – some of which can be seen in the Head Teacher Awards and Celebration Assembly on a Friday.