Southborough C of E Primary School

Personal, Social and Health Education

AIms and Objectives

Our school vision is ‘Excellence for all’, believing in the limitless potential of our students and the variety of opportunities that we can provide to support them. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health) Education is at the heart of everything we stand for as a school; helping children learn to manage their lives both now and in the future. It is vital, in an ever-changing world, we equip the new generation with the skills and knowledge they will need to become the best they can be throughout later life. Within all subjects we are working on building our children’s resilience to challenge and for them to be able to recognise how to challenge themselves. This strand of personal development is critical for the future generations to develop self-confidence and awareness.

The presentation below, 'Supporting your child's wellbeing'  was shared at this year's Mother's Day breakfasts. This includes 10 top tips for building resilience and helpful websites and apps which you can use for the whole family.

Supporting your child's wellbeing 2019


Teaching and Learning

At Southborough School we have adapted the PSHE Association Programme of Study to meet the needs of our pupils. We use the three overarching themes; Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World, to create consistency throughout our year groups. Each year, children will learn age appropriate skills linked to these themes, building upon previous learning, skills and knowledge.

 We believe that PSHE is not just to be taught as a standalone subject but it is also to be discretely woven into the learning of all subjects. These cross-curricluar links allow children to put their learnt skills into practise and they are able to discuss, question and work with themes explored in PSHE. PSHE is taught in a variety of ways including working as individuals, discussions within groups and class debates. Children are encouraged to ask questions, answer questions from others and share their opinions within a safe, supportive learning environment.

Assessment and RecordinG

Our School Values are at the heart of everything we do; Hope, Perseverance, Joy, Forgiveness, Compassion and Peace are promoted strongly by our children and can be seen within our learning environments. In addition to this, we have captured our journey and achievements throughout the year in our class Footsteps book. We are inspired by and celebrate others achievements daily in class and during our weekly celebration worship. PSHE assessment is ongoing and formative, allowing the children to be an integral part of this process through self-evaluation. 


Lessons and activities are adapted from Go-givers plans to include all children, by using a range of approaches. This includes: use of child specific resources, differentiated questionning and mixed ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. ​Lessons are planned with the aim of best possible understanding for all children within the class.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is invaluable in preparing our children for the future and is nurtured through our daily life in school

Spiritual development: We explore beliefs and experiences of ourselves and others near and far; discuss the importance of respecting all faiths and beliefs and learn and reflect upon each others feelings.

Moral development: We learn about and are aware of what is right and wrong linked to our school rules; learn about British laws and the importance of them; begin to consider our actions and understand the consequences of them; discuss and debate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development: We are familiar with the groups and communities that we are part of; participate in our local community ; discuss how to resolve conflict; engage strongly with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance (See our British Values page).

Cultural development: We appreciate cultural influences; discuss the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. 


Anti-bullying week 2017

This year, our focus was on the positive messages our school promotes in terms of Anti-bullying such as inclusion, kindness to all, patience, politeness, diversity and celebrating similarities as well as differences. These vital themes were discretely taught alongside what bullying can look like and the negative impact. Pupil voice suggests the children left the lesson feeling inspired and proud of what our school stands for.

Within the week the Lower school were tasked with designing a character that represents our schools stance on Anti-bullying, with the Upper school creating slogans to go alongside this. A panel of children narrowed down the entries and helped to create the final design. Congratulations to JJ (Year 6), Sophia B (Year 5) and Stanley (Year 2) whose original designs were chosen and combined to form our final poster, capturing the values we promote at Southborough School.