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At Borrow Wood Primary school we aim to create a PSHE curriculum for all our pupils that meets their needs. PSHE is rooted in our core values: Challenge, Honesty, Ownership, Inclusive, Care and Excellence (CHOICE). It underpins all of the subjects in our curriculum. Our work encompasses all the statutory requirement for Relationship and Health Education. We believe that Relationships Education and Health Education are vital in providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active and responsible British citizens.

We follow the PSHE Matters scheme of work, published by Derbyshire County Council, which covers the learning opportunities in the PSHE Association Programme of Study. We have also taken into account the recent draft guidance ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education’.

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. 

In this way, PSHE will 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, including teaching about mental well-being. Above all, we are committed to giving our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible world citizens.


Our aim is to help prepare pupils for their future by developing life skills such as resilience, confidence and build upon their self-esteem, helping children to recognise their own self-worth as well as develop empathy and the ability to work with others.


The PSHE curriculum enables children to understand and respect individual differences and diversity so that they can go on to achieve effective and fulfilling relationships. Safeguarding is an important element as children learn about their own identity, risks, decision making and how to keep themselves safe.


PSHE is delivered through discrete lessons, assemblies, across other subjects, visits and visitors. We follow the PSHE Matters scheme. This introduces the children to the following 12 modules:

  • Drug Education (how to manage risk and peer influences)
  • Exploring Emotions (how to recognise and manage feelings)
  • Being Healthy (looking after our physical and mental health)
  • Growing Up (including Sex Education)
  • Changes (including loss)
  • Bullying Matters
  • Being Me (including identity and community)
  • Differences and Diversity (including challenging stereotypes)
  • Being Responsible (including looking after the environment)
  • Being Safe (including looking after the environment)
  • Relationships (including what makes a healthy relationship)
  • Money Matters (including enterprise)