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PSHE and HeartSmart

...a haven of hope and aspiration...

 PSHE Lead: Miss Haines


At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we nurture our children with kindness and compassion, therefore PSHE education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. Our curriculum prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in an ever-changing world. We are a community who are guided by our Vision, which reflects a passionate commitment to providing education that nurtures the whole child. Our PSHE curriculum is taught in collaboration with the Christian Values identified for our school: Respect, Compassion, Friendship, Resilience, Aspiration.


British Values

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary school, we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths and cultures. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our school vision. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.



At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. In order to deliver a comprehensive curriculum that ensures the required objectives are taught in a systematic, age appropriate way, we follow a scheme of work which provides an age appropriate curriculum, whist also reflecting our distinct church of England status.  It equips our children with foundational principles, skills, habits and a mindset that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievement.



At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Assessment is used to inform planning and to facilitate differentiation, this supports teachers in identifying and filling gaps in children’s knowledge. Children are monitored on a regular basis to check progress. We encourage all pupils to take responsibility for their own and their peers learning. The assessment of children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Feedback is given to the children in the moment during PSHE discussions and questioning is adjusted accordingly to meet the children’s individual learning needs. At the end of the unit, teachers assess children’s progress towards the end of key stage national curriculum objectives. We use this to support our identification of gifted and talented pupils.


Collective Evidence

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their voices and for their work to be celebrated. A PSHE display in each classroom shows pictures and examples of children’s work alongside pupil voice. Reception and KS1 pupils to work with their class adults to create ‘big books’ demonstrating their knowledge and understanding, whilst our KS2 children record their leaning in PSHE folder representative of age-related expectations. 


Enrichment Opportunities

  • This year the children experienced a PSHE week where the PSHE curriculum was relaunched and the children were re-introduced to Boris the Robot. Children learned about how to ‘Let love in’.
  • The children experienced an anti-bullying week in which they learned about how importance kindness is within the theme of ‘one kind word’. They learned about what bullying looks like and created a film on how to help when someone is being bullied.
  • Peer Mediators have been introduced this year. These children help support their peers at playtimes and lunches.


Targets 2021-2022

  • To relaunch the PSHE curriculum and increase visibility of PSHE across the school through staff training and a PSHE week.
  • To improve the number and variety of cross-curricular enrichment activities through collaboration with leadership teams and the participation in Anti-bullying and PSHE weeks.
  • To introduce Peer Mediators.



The number of enrichment opportunities has increased across school with more variety across year groups. This will continue to be developed next year to include a cycle of enrichment for PSHE. Staff have begun to implement the PSHE curriculum. Impact will be monitored through the collection of pupil and staff voices and any adjustments to the programme made where appropriate.