At Heathfield Academy we hold the health, wellbeing and personal development of the children in our care amongst our highest priority. We believe that physical and emotional health forms the essential foundation for successful learning and we are committed to providing our children with a high quality Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education.

Our Programme of Study for PSHE education (key stage 1 and key stage 2) aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing).

It helps us to fulfil our statutory responsibility to safeguard pupils, support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Alongside our statutory responsibility to provide an outstanding PSHE education, we ensure our curriculum is current and addresses local issues as well as ongoing issues that arise throughout the year with our children and families.

Our skills-based curriculum develops children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development across the curriculum. Teachers teach a range of topics which promote the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning. As a result, pupils have a very good understanding of how to reflect on and empathise with other cultures and talk about events within Britain and around the world.

Our PSHE curriculum is not prescriptive. Teachers are given guidelines of what to teach each term, along with a list of suggested learning objectives. They then follow this as they see appropriate for their class and choose the learning objectives that meet the needs of the class. This supports teachers in directing them to areas that they need to cover but also leaves them free to use their professional judgement to target the specific needs of their class.

During Key Stages 1 and 2, our PSHE education offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness as they move through their primary education. It builds on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online safety. Our PSHE education introduces the children to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.

Safeguarding permeates throughout the whole of the PSHE curriculum and supports our children in being safe, healthy, happy and successful.