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Peak Dale Primary School

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National Curriculum aims and purpose 



Personal, Social, Health , Relationships and Economic (PSHE) education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life in modern Britain. It contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions… Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.  


  • promote best Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) practice 
  • build on established practice in primary schools 
  • present a spiral curriculum which is easy to understand and accessible to all 
  • increase teacher confidence, particularly around teaching sensitive issues 
  • ease teachers’ workload by providing creative lesson ideas 
  • provide formative and summative assessment activities 
  • improve pupils’ emotional literacy 
  • help pupils to stay safe and healthy 
  • impact positively on the school ethos/culture, help prepare pupils for life and work by developing ‘Skills for Life’ provide an integrated framework for delivery of Relationships Sex and Health Education


School curriculum aims 



We want our children to develop the skills and understanding needed to become open, principled and engaged citizens in contemporary society. We want them to know how to stay safe and make good decisions; how to protect their own rights and stand up for the rights of others; how to live a healthy lifestyle; and how to be ready for life and work beyond school. Moreover, they need to leave our school understanding and embracing the values of liberty, equality, democracy, the rule of law and a sense of right and wrong. 


To that end, we have built on both guidance from the PSHE Association and the Derbyshire PSHE Matters scheme and programme of study to provide an education that reflects the needs of our community. 


Finally, we want out children to be engaged and active members of society, keen to share their ideas, become leaders in their community and pursue ambitious goals. To support this, we encourage open discussions in lessons, learn about money and the world of work and offer children opportunities to take on leadership roles.