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PSHE education is a cross-curricular subject that gives pupils the opportunity to develop life-long skills across a spectrum of lessons. At Handsworth we use the PSHE Association kitemarked 1decision scheme of work from the Nursery through to Year 6.

1decision provides an interactive bank of resources which supports PSHE, RSE, Health education, and safeguarding. It also identifies links to British Values and SMSC development and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.

EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of the prime areas and embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum set out in a programme of study, which comprehensively covers the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 


The topics covered aim to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.

At Handsworth, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that are covered in addition to our Science Curriculum. 

Each module within the 1decision series builds on our Early Years programme and begins with a baseline assessment of the pupils’ current knowledge, which allows teachers to address any gaps and/or misconceptions in their learning.

PSHE is taught through 1decesion’s three core themes.

Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing

Core theme 2: Relationships

Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World

The 8-11 programme has clear progressive routes from the 5-8 programme, and the children’s gained knowledge is highlighted throughout the assessment process.


PSHE Lessons at Handsworth

Delivery - PSHE is taught for 30 minutes a week, or 1 hour twice weekly.

Recording - Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have a PSHE book. Pupils will complete at least three recorded pieces of work per module.


1. Baseline Assessment

2.    Developmental work

3. End Of Module Assessment


Assessment - We use a combination of teacher assessment and pupil self-assessment. Pupils' progress is measured against their starting point, not the performance of others or a prescribed syllabus.

Wider Curriculum  


We believe that focusing on developing a 'Growth Mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenges; foster a love of learning, and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our school and PSHE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindsets in all aspects of school life.


  • PSHE, including SMSC and BV, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum and is therefore often taught within another subject area.

  • Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.       

  • We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values e.                                                                                                               

  • Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.                                                    

  • PSHE displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.

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