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At Much Birch Primary School, we believe in the importance of education for the development of the whole child. Personal, social and health education (PSHE) is concerned with the emotional health, well- being and welfare of the pupils in our School. PSHE enables pupils to become effective learners and supports them as they move from childhood through adolescence to become independent young people and effective citizens.


We aim to provide a healthy, caring community in which children can learn to respect themselves and others, and also to take responsibility for their own actions. Positive approaches to personal, social, health and economic issues, are promoted throughout the curriculum and general life of the school.   Children are encouraged to learn and acquire new skills that will enable them to show respect and concern for themselves, others and the environment. They will also be encouraged to see themselves as valued members of both the school community and society at large. They should feel that they have an active party to play in these communities and should be aware of the associated rights and responsibilities that go with that.


What is Personal, Social and Health Education? (PSHE)


PSHE encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social and health development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. Additionally, children will come to appreciate difference and diversity.


PSHE is very closely linked to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development (SMSC). Explicit opportunities to promote pupils’ development in these areas are provided in framework for personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship.


PSHE helps pupils to:


  • acquire knowledge and understanding of themselves, of others and of the world they live in;
  • develop skills for living;
  • understand and manage their emotions;
  • become morally and socially responsible;
  • take on a range of roles and relationships;
  • value themselves and respect others;
  • contribute to their community;
  • appreciate difference and diversity;
  • safeguard the environment;
  • act in the wider world in a way that makes the most of their own and others’ human potential.


For full details see PSHE policy