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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (including Relationships and Mental Wellbeing statutory curriculum)




At St Richard's we want out children to grow into happy, healthy, responsible and respectful citizens who understand and know how to form and maintain healthy relationships. We believe that PHSEE, alongside our school vision, is at the core of our life in school and it impacts on every area of the curriculum. 

Through our PSHEE programme we aim to develop our pupils’ self-awareness, positive self-esteem, resilience and confidence to:

  • Stay as healthy as possible

  • Keep themselves and others safe

  • Have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships

  • Respect differences between people

  • Develop independence and responsibility

  • Play an active role as members of a democratic society

  • Make the most of their own and others abilities

  • Manage normal stresses of life


We aim to  develop social and emotional learning skills and vocabulary which will enable pupils to make positive choices throughout life. The curriculum has been designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills. Our curriculum supports the requirements of the Equality Act through direct teaching, for example learning about different families, the negative effect of stereotypes and celebrating differences. We also actively promote the British Values of: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect. 




We have developed a curriculum map to ensure all elements of both the statutory relationships and Wellbeing curriculum and the non-statutory elements that we have chosen to include in our programme of study. These include elements of Personal, Social and Economic education.


We follow a programme called PATHS@ and most of our Relationships education is delivered through this. The programme is a social-cognitive programme progressively covering the following social emotional learning skills in a developmentally appropriate way:

  • Emotional understanding

  • Self-control

  • Social problem solving

  • Peer relations and self esteem

The programme is designed to help children:

  • develop specific strategies that promote reflective responses and mature thinking skills

  • become more self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning

  • obtain information necessary for social understanding and pro-social behaviour

  • increase their ability to generate creative alternative solutions to problems

  • learn to anticipate and evaluate situations, behaviours and consequences.

Other parts of the statutory curriculum not covered by PATHs are largely taught using the KAPOW scheme of work. The Kapow Primary scheme is a whole school approach that consists of three areas of learning in EYFS: Reception (to match the EYFS Personal, social and emotional development prime area) and five areas of learning across Key stages 1 and 2.

EYFS: Self-regulation, Building relationships, Managing self.

Key stage 1 and 2: Families and relationships, Health and wellbeing, Safety and the changing body, Citizenship, Economic wellbeing. The lessons also provide a progressive programme to ensure the children are building on prior learning

We use the NSPCC PANTS and Speak Out, Stay Safe curriculum to ensure our children understand how to stay safe and what to do if they are worried or concerned about themselves or other people. We also use LoveWise and St John's Ambulance resources.


We also welcome many outside agencies who support our curriculum including The Red Cross, St John's ambulance, Loud Mouth Theatre Company, Natwest Money Wise, Kings College Dental Scheme, Tender: Safe Relationships (Year 5 and 6), Safer Walking Scheme and Bike-ablilty. 


 We have identified other curriculum areas where we can teach aspects of the PSHE education curriculum. These include Science, Maths, P.E. and our cross curricular Big Pictures. 

In addition to the statutory requirements of the PHSEE curriculum, we will adapt our lessons to meet the needs of our school community and sometimes individual classes.


We recognise that some parents may have additional questions about the PHSEE curriculum, if you would like to know more about your child's learning or view the resources we use to teach please talk to your child's class teacher and we will arrange a time to do this. 




We believe that the breadth of study included in our provision provides our children with the foundation for a healthy, happy adult life. 

We hope that by the time the children reach the end of Year 6 they will be able to:

  • Recognise and apply the British Values
  • Be able to recognise, understand and manage their own emotions
  • Understand who to go to and how to access support, particularly if they have been the victim of, or feel like they are at risk of abuse.
  • To be aware of their own mental wellbeing and know where and who to turn to for support.
  • Know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the risks of drugs and alcohol.
  • Recognise and respect differences and diversity.
  • Apply learnt skills and values in their real life situations.
  • Show increasing levels of self confidence and self esteem and use these to develop healthy relationships. 
  • Understand the changes that happen in their bodies and to be confident to ask for support if needed.
  • Show respect towards themselves and other people.



British Values

At St Richards we want our children to leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. We want them to be kind, tolerant and respectful citizens. One of the ways we do this is by promoting the British Values. These are taught in lessons and through events in school life. Please see below to see the values and some examples of how we incorporate them into the curriculum and school life.

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PATHS model school award

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This video was created as part of our PATHS model school application. It shows how PATHS is implemented in our school and the impact it has had. We are delighted to have been awarded the PATHS model school award in 2023