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Personal Social Health Education

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is not a subject within the new curriculum.  However:​
‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.’ (2.5 National Curriculum) 
‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’ (2.1 National Curriculum).

​At Okehampton Primary School:
  • PHSE teaching occurs through carefully planned opportunities and incidental opportunities that arise.
  • Our planning provides a ‘spiral programme’ which introduces new and more challenging learning, while building on what has gone before, which reflects and meets the personal developmental needs of the children and young people.
  • We take a positive approach which focuses on what children can do to keep themselves and others healthy and safe and to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
  • We offer a wide variety of teaching and learning styles within PSHE education, with an emphasis on interactive learning and the teacher as facilitator.
  • We provide information which is realistic and relevant and which reinforces positive social norms.
  • We encourage young people to reflect on their learning and the progress they have made, and to transfer what they have learned to say and to do from one school subject to another, and from school to their lives in the wider community.
  • PSHE education is embedded within other efforts to ensure children and young people have positive relationships with adults, feel valued and those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported.
  • We provide opportunities for children and young people to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions.
  • We provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.


As of September 2020, we will be learning about developing and maintaining positive mental health as well as physical health in response to the new curriculum and the COVID 19 pandemic.

Click on the page link below to see the PSHE Curriculum Year Overview for each year group: