At Stanley, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. It is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever-changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core Stanley Values; that the children be: sensible, motivated, aim high, resilient, team work, enthusiastic, respectful.



EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance.

Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘1Decision’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above. At its core are a series of short film clips with alternative endings, which encourage children to consider the consequences of different decisions. The resources allow children to develop essential skills, knowledge, and vocabulary to manage different influences and pressures in their lives and to make safe and informed choices. Teachers and children use these films and on-screen lesson guides to explore various topics in a safe and supportive learning environment.

At Stanley, in addition to Relationships Education, we teach the aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. The non-statutory aspect of Sex Education – conception – is taught in year 6 through the 1Decision resources. Parents are fully consulted in this process and the age and development of pupils is considered when delivering the lessons.

PSHE is taught through 1Decision’s modules. They run from Year 1 – 3, and then from Year 4 – 6 with each module being revisited each year in a spiral manner, focussing on new age and maturity-related concepts:

Years 1 – 3

  • Keeping and Staying Safe
  • Keeping and Staying Healthy
  • Relationships
  • Being Responsible
  • Feelings and Emotions
  • Computer Safety
  • Our World
  • Hazard Watch
  • Fire Safety


Year 4 - 6

  • Keeping and Staying Safe
  • Keeping and Staying Healthy
  • Growing and Changing
  • Being Responsible
  • Feelings and Emotions
  • Computer Safety
  • The Working World
  • A World Without Judgement
  • First Aid

The modules also identify links to British Values and SMSC, and are taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the Stanley.


Wider Curriculum

We believe that developing a 'Growth Mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence. It will encourage them to embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our Stanley Curriculum Drivers, and our PSHE aims and values.

Visitors such as PCSOs and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning. 

 We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

 We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values: sensible, motivated, aiming high, resilient, team players, enthusiastic and respectful, and the children are rewarded for doing so. 

Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.     

Stanley School Values, PSHE, British Values, Protected Characteristics and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum, enabling children to make links and to reinforce their understanding.


By the time our children leave Stanley, they will:

  • be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future.
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves and others.
  • have positive self esteem



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