Southfields Primary School - PSHE including RSE

PSHE teaching at St. Oswald’s has a wide application to everyday life, teaching the children to enjoy learning about the world and to have a better understanding of how to manage themselves and their interactions with others. Our teachers are knowledgeable and well supported by an experienced Subject Lead. We believe that children should be inspired to make good choices in life and navigate through it safely, both online and in person, and with kindness to others and themselves. We want our children to be proud of themselves, while valuing those who are different from them. PSHE is integral to our whole-school ethos and is supported in its delivery by the emphasis we put on our Christian values, British Values and the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our children. 

 “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie


At St. Oswald's we believe that PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) contributes to all aspects of school life, by giving the children the skills, knowledge and understanding to lead confident, happy, healthy, independent and productive lives. Our curriculum ensures our pupils are prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead as they grow up in an increasingly complex world. Learning about keeping themselves safe on and offline, respectful relationships, economic understanding, health (including mental health) and developing resilience and self efficiacy will ensure our pupils become successful adults who make a positive contribution to society. Understanding their place in the world, appreciating the beauty of our diverse planet and developing an empathatic understanding of others will enable them to flourish and grow spiritually. 

Although PSHE is a non-statutory subject, we strongly believe that teaching children about key elements of PSHE is fundamental to fulfil Section 2.1 of the National Curriculum framework that states: 

‘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 
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’ 

Despite the non-statutory status, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document states that: 

‘All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.’ 


Our intention is that, as a School, we deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future. This is in line with our Christian vision; Teach children the way they should go and they will remember it all their life: (Proverbs 22:6).

Our PSHE curriculum is based on the PSHE Association Programme of Study which has 3 strands: 

  1. Health and Wellbeing
  2. Relationships`
  3. Living in the Wider World

PSHE is taught through specific lessons, through other curriculum areas (ie) Science, RE and PE, assemblies, the TREE targets and is embedded within the ethos of our school. The curriculum is delivered to all children and has been planned progressivley to allow children's understanding and skills to build and develop as they mature. Our curriculum seeks to support our children to develop into confident, happy people who can contribute to our local, national and global communities by tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Our PSHE curriculum has spiritulaity at its core with an abubdance of opportunites to reflect, question, appreciate and think about ourselves, our views and our place in the world. 

PSHE lessons allow the children the opportunity to discuss their feelings, anxieties and opinions and to explore those held by others in a sensitive and safe environment free from pressure.  Through PSHE teaching, our pupils will also learn about their rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.  Moreover, our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our pupils will also develop emotional intelligence and the ability to articulate their feelings in order to maintain good mental health.In lessons, groundrules are negotiated with the children so clear boundaries for their discussions are established, an "opt out" clause is always offered and staff are sensitive in their handling of these issues. Classes are equipped with worry and question boxes to encourage children to ask questions or relay any concerns without fear or embarrassment.

Any safeguarding concerns that may arise are reported to the Designated Safeguarding staff. 

During PSHE lessons, pupils will explore topics such as bullying, drug misuse, sex education, prejudice and abuse, financial education and many other important areas. When appropriate, the topics we explore are often reinforced by visits from external guests (ie) GANGs workshops in Year 6, Healthy Lifestyle sessions delivered by Active seftON, Canal and River Trust.

Our curriculum is bespoke to us and is ever changing to reflect the issues or dilemmas that may be faced by our children at any time. 


RSE (Relationships and Sex education)

From September 2020 it has been statutory for all schools to teach relationships (and sex) education/RSE and Health Education/ HE. Children, throughout the school, will learn about healthy friendships and relationships, keeping themselves safe from abuse, different family structures, physical and mental well being, gender stereotypes and basic first aid. To teach these areas well and ensure that all content is age appropriate the curriculum has been carefully planned and sequenced using resources from St. John's Ambulance, NSPCC (PANTs), the PSHE association, Nat West Money sense. We have also adopted the "Growing Up with Yasmin and Tom" resources to explore realtionships and sex education and all lessons are planned and delivered in an age appropriate manner.

Sex education is still advisory at primary school although many aspects are delivered through the science curriculum (ie) naming body parts accurately, changes during puberty; these elements are statutory. The sex education lessons delivered in Year 6 that focus on sexual intercourse are not statutory and parents have the right to withdraw their children from these. 


The progressive nature of our curriculum enables our puplis to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed and be productive, spiritual, happy and healthy adults. They will gain the qualities of kindness, integrity, generosity, honesty and will be acceptant of and celebrate difference, preparing them well for adulthood and life as a global citizen. Our PSHE curriculum is comprehensive and tailored to our children (ie) Gangs workshops in Year 6, Water and beach safety (Sefton lifegueards). This ensures our children are aware of dangers within their local environment and online and are able to assess risks to themselves or others. The curriculum fosters pupil wellbeing and develops the resilience and character needed to achieve both personal and academic goals, encouraging them to be ambitious and entrepreneurial and to form respectful relationships with others. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’ wellbeing and attainment and help our pupils to become successful and happy adults who lead fulfilling lives and make a meaningful contribution to our world.


Pupils are encouraged to make a personal reflection at the end of each lesson in their PSHE journal.  This provides strong assessment evidence for staff as it details what each child has taken away from the lesson. Assessment is ongoing and staff monitor children’s understanding skills and attitudes. Further teaching is provided if there are gaps in learning that need addressing.

As a whole school, a record is kept (on CPOMs) of any behaviour or attitudes that go against our curriculum intent and intervention can be put into place to further develop our pupil’s empathy and tolerance.


  • Growing up with Yasmin and Tom
  • St. John's ambulance
  • The PSHE association
  • Money sense

Curriculum Development Opportunities

A variety of curriculum development opportunities are offered including school trips, visits and visitors to school. These include the GANGs workshops, Road safety education, Active Sefton, NSPCC PANTs assemblies.

Intervention and Support

Ongoing assessment informs staff of children who may need further support or intervention. Support is offered in class in the form of small groups or on an individual basis and work is differentiated appropriately to meet individual needs.

Keeping a record of any behaviour or attitudes that do not support our curriculum intent are challenged and intervention and support can be offered.

Useful links

BBC education's PSHEList of PSHE websites for 4-11 year old students, including games and activities and resources for teachers and parents.

 Kidsmart, learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer; plus lots of good sites for children.

 CBBC's stay safe on line.Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.

Safety Net Kids, all things to do with keeping safe.

 E-Safety, Tablets and Apps, tips and links to child friendly apps.

 Anti-bullying network, links to many sites to support anti-bullying.

 Stop bullying,  Child-friendly, US site with tools to learn about bullying and how to prevent it.





Files to Download

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British Council International School Award
UNICEF Rights Respecting School
School Games Award 2017-2018
Sure Start
Magic Breakfast Fuel for Learning
Internation School Award-2019-2022
Food Hygiene Rating Five
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Online Safety Mark 360-Safe-Accredited Safer Online

St Oswald's CE Primary School. Ronald Ross Avenue, Netherton, Bootle L30 5RH

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