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Learning & Development

Personal, social, health, citizenship & economic education


At Red Lane, PSHCE is an integral part of our school life.  It is taught both explicitly through subject specific lessons and also through other lessons in an applied manner. We see PSHCE education as a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.

We know that our well-delivered PSCHE programme will have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for our pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

We have designed our own progressive Programme of Study with the main aims to develop skills and attributes including (but not limited to) resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).


PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education) and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural development) are crucial components of primary education, fostering holistic development in children. Here's why they are important:

  1. Well-being and Mental Health: PSHCE addresses issues such as mental health, emotional well-being, and self-esteem, equipping children with coping strategies and resilience to navigate life's challenges. Similarly, SMSC encourages spiritual and emotional growth, helping children develop a sense of identity, belonging, and purpose.

  2. Social Skills: PSHCE and SMSC emphasise the development of social skills like communication, teamwork, and conflict resolution. These skills are essential for building positive relationships, both within the school environment and in wider society.

  3. Healthy Lifestyle: PSHCE educates children about healthy lifestyle choices, including nutrition, exercise, and personal hygiene, fostering habits that promote physical well-being. Additionally, SMSC encourages respect for one's body and the bodies of others, promoting healthy attitudes towards physical development and self-care.

  4. Safety and Risk Awareness: PSHCE addresses topics such as staying safe online, road safety, and substance abuse prevention, equipping children with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and protect themselves from harm. SMSC reinforces the importance of ethical behaviour and respect for rules and boundaries, promoting a sense of responsibility towards oneself and others.

  5. Citizenship and Diversity: PSHCE and SMSC encourage children to explore concepts of identity, diversity, and equality, fostering respect for individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. This promotes a sense of belonging within a diverse society and prepares children to become active and responsible citizens.

  6. Ethical and Moral Development: SMSC provides opportunities for children to explore ethical and moral issues, encouraging critical thinking, empathy, and consideration for others' perspectives. This helps children develop a strong moral compass and a sense of right and wrong, guiding their behaviour and decision-making.

In summary, PSHCE and SMSC play integral roles in promoting the holistic development of children in primary schools, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead healthy, fulfilling lives and contribute positively to society.

At Red Lane, our progress and sequenced curriculum ensures the statutory requirements are met.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) statutory requirements in the UK were updated in 2020. The guidance applies to all primary schools, maintained secondary schools, academies, and free schools. Here are the key statutory requirements for RSE in primary schools:

  1. Age-Appropriate Content: RSE must be taught in a way that is appropriate to the age and maturity of the pupils. Primary school RSE typically covers topics such as relationships, families, friendships, personal boundaries, and self-esteem.

  2. Understanding of Physical Changes: Primary school RSE should include education about the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty, as well as information about hygiene and personal care.

  3. Respect and Diversity: Schools must promote the importance of respect for others, regardless of differences in race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. RSE should promote understanding and tolerance of diversity and challenge stereotypes and discrimination.

  4. Safety and Consent: Children should be taught about the importance of personal safety, including online safety, and understanding the concept of consent in relationships, friendships, and physical contact.

  5. Family Life: RSE should acknowledge and respect different family structures and provide education about the roles and responsibilities within families, including parenting and caring for others.

  6. Health Education: Primary school RSE should include education about healthy relationships, emotional well-being, and mental health, as well as information about the risks associated with substance abuse and unhealthy behaviors.

  7. Religious and Cultural Sensitivity: Schools must ensure that RSE content is delivered in a sensitive and inclusive manner, respecting the religious and cultural backgrounds of pupils and their families.

  8. Consultation with Parents: Schools are required to consult with parents and carers when developing and reviewing their RSE policies and curriculum, taking into account the views of the school community.

  9. Timetable and Delivery: RSE should be taught as part of a planned and progressive curriculum, with opportunities for discussion and reflection. Schools should ensure that RSE is taught by appropriately trained staff in a safe and supportive environment.

  10. Parental Right to Withdraw: While parents do not have the right to withdraw their children from certain aspects of RSE in primary schools, they have the right to request that their child receive certain aspects of RSE outside of the classroom, and schools should consider such requests.

These statutory requirements aim to ensure that children receive high-quality RSE that is relevant, age-appropriate, and inclusive, promoting their well-being, safety, and understanding of relationships and sexuality.