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Personal, social, health and economic education
Sex and relationships education 

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.

PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. PSHE can encompass many areas of study.

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. We are clear that parents and carers are the prime educators for children on many of these matters.At Taddington and Priestcliffe Primary School, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children and young people are increasingly experiencing challenges, and that young people are at particular risk of feeling lonely. The new subject content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise. All of this content should support the wider work of schools in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is pupils’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives. This should be complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty values, attributes and dispositions so firmly embedded in our EPIC curriculum drivers and our distinctly Christian ethos and vision as a church school. 


We have endeavoured to ensure the content is proportionate and deliverable. We want to support the high quality teaching of these areas  as part of a comprehensive programme, which complements the national curriculum where appropriate and meets the ambitions of the Careers Strategy. We have chosen to teach the compulsory content within a wider programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education . Building on established, high quality outcomes we use a scheme of learning called HeartSmart.


The scheme represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.

To view curriculum coverage, progression maps and how the scheme supports delivery of the PSHE and SRE curriculum at Taddington please do explore the documents on this page. In line with school policy, we will continue to consult with parents around the principles of our curriculum. 

HeartSmart Progression Overview  PSHE/SRE

HeartSmart Overview  PSHE/SRE 


Y5 Sex education scheme

SRE whole school overview

Y6 Sex education scheme

Summary end of school SRE outcomes Including possible infant outcomes 

Parent consultation 

consultation letter 

consultation questions 

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