Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

Personal, Social Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) is the heart of everything we do at Barwic!


What is PSCHE?


  • 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.
  • Citizenship explores what it means to be active part of the community we live in. This helps children understand what they have to offer now and in the future. 


The curriculum complements the Thrive Approach by supporting children to 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 PSCHE 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).


PSCHE 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. 

Why we teach PSCHE by the Teachers at Barwic Parade...


  • To develop Resilience
  • To develop key skills which can be transferred to core subjects (English and Maths)
  • To prepare for adulthood and for the future, developing key life skills
  • To develop understanding of stereotyping and discrimination 
  • To ensure children remain safe and healthy


September 2018

The Curriculum and learning activities we follow are bespoke to the needs of the children at Barwic Parade. Each year, Class Teachers alongside the Inclusion Leader work together to ensure that lessons are designed to ensure the children receive the highest quality PSCHE sessions.

Delivery of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and the curriculum

The SRE programme is firmly embedded within the school’s framework for PSHE and the National Curriculum for Science. The SRE curriculum is delivered through Science and PSHE lessons.

The SRE programme is delivered using the 4 Learning Living and Growing Resources this covers the whole age range and supports specific delivery of SRE in Year 6. 



Parents / Carers

School aims to work in active partnership with families, value their views and keep them informed of the SRE provision. If you have any concerns about the SRE provision then time will be taken to address your concerns. Families can be invited to review the resources and can contact the PSCHE Co-ordinator, Miss Becky Kirkland, with any queries or concerns. 


The Parental Right to withdraw their child from SRE lessons

Under section 405 of the Education Act 1996, parents may opt to withdraw their children from SRE lessons. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part, of relationships and sex education, which is not part of the National Curriculum. Parents should be notified in writing of the programme and the content for SRE and reminded of their right to withdraw their children. Parents wanting to exercise this right are invited to see the PSHE Co-ordinator, Miss Becky Kirkland,  who will explore their concerns. If a child is withdrawn they will be provided with alternative work for the duration of the lessons and consideration will be given on how to protect a pupil from the possible reaction of their peers to this withdrawal. Children will be aware that this withdrawal is option and they will receive guidance on how to respond to other children following the session. Should the reaction of peers become more severe it will be dealt with on a case by case basis depending on the nature and severity of the reaction.



Read our Sex & Relationships Education Policy here...