At Deepdene Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is embedded in all that we do.

Through our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.

The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social development) is a fundamental aspect of their education and underpins all other learning.

Learning and Teaching 

  • During timetabled PSHE time, an emphasis is placed on active learning through planned discussions, circle-time, investigations, role-play activities, puppets, group-work and problem-solving;
  • All teachers will endeavour to provide a safe learning environment through the establishment of our five golden rules which are made explicit to the children and reinforced consistently. These rules are embedded throughout Deepdene including the EYFS.
  • Visiting speakers such as the police and health workers also contribute to the taught curriculum.
  • Beyond timetabled PSHE lessons, pupils are supported in applying the skills they are learning, in real-life situations as they arise: e.g. resolving conflicts; working a part of a group on a project.
  • Children are encouraged to take part in a range of practical activities to promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fund-raising; the planning of special events at school; making class rules; school council meetings; and by taking on roles of responsibility for themselves, for others and for the school.
  • Postcards are used to celebrate personal achievements with regards to developing positive attitudes with copies sent to parents.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting 

  • Teachers assess the children’s work by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons.
  • We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each key stage.
  • Our Celebration Assemblies celebrate personal achievements and the children receive certificates.
  • Postcards home celebrate personal achievements with regards to developing positive attitudes to learning.
  • A comment relating to PSHE will be included in the annual report to parents on pupils’ progress.