Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship Policy 2014


Aims and Objectives

At Leopold Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. 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. They learn how society is organised and governed and experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We provide opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.

Our aims are to enable the children:


  • To recognise their own worth;
  • To work well with others;
  • To develop positive relationships and respect for others;
  • To understand our common humanity, diversity and differences;
  • To know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
  • To develop safety awareness;
  • To be positive and active members of a democratic society;
  • To develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social choices;
  • To form good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.



It is the responsibility of the teaching staff to support the creation of an atmosphere of respect and tolerance throughout PSHE lessons. The children must understand that some issues discussed in the lesson will be of a private and personal nature and that some discretion must be shown. Teaching staff must adhere to the confidentiality policy in the event that a disclosure is made.


Teaching and learning styles

We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including the children in activities such as discussions, role play, games, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, the planning of school special events such as an assembly or open day, or involvement in an activity to help other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or behaviour. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, fire fighters, police, and representatives from the local church, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community. Children take in different roles of responsibility during their school life.



PSHE and Citizenship curriculum planning

PSHE is delivered in half termly themes that cover all areas of their developing lives. In year 5, for example, the children spend a half term on Healthy Lifestyles and the key skills of critical reflection, decision making, and managing risk are addressed. The themes are taught in a two year spiral to ensure that their understanding is embedded and enhanced as the children grow older. We teach PSHE and citizenship in a variety of ways. Some of the objectives are covered in dedicated PSHE times in lessons of 1 hour or 45 minutes. Many of the objectives are covered through other areas of the school’s curriculum e.g. RE, Assemblies, Science and the ‘hidden curriculum;’ attitudes and expectations of behaviour promoted by adults in the school.

We also develop PSHE and citizenship through activities and whole-school events e.g. the school council representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss school matters, Key Stage One visit places of worship and each year group participates in an annual school trip. We offer residential visits in various year groups, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils self esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operation skills.


Foundation Stage

We teach PSHE and Citizenship in the Foundation Stage as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the PSHE and Citizenship aspects of the children’s work to the areas of learning set out in the Foundation Stage guidance to develop a child’s personal, emotional and social development. We also support Citizenship Education in the Foundation stage through other areas of learning such as Knowledge and Understanding and Communication, Language and Literacy.


Parental Support

Parents and carers can consult the school for additional information on PSHE education or topics covered such as Sex and Relationship education (SRE).



At Leopold Primary School children and staff have 27 school values which effect how we relate to one another. These values have been carefully selected in line with DfE guidance to enhance an atmosphere of respect and care. The school focuses on a one value every week. The values are a central point of discussion throughout the school and the vocabulary of our values permeates throughout. The school holds a termly Values afternoon where the children are given time to reflect on the essence of the values in a creative, fun way.


Teaching PSHE and Citizenship to children with special needs

At Leopold Primary School, we teach PSHE and Citizenship to all children, regardless of their ability. Our teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the individual needs of children, including those who are gifted and talented or have learning difficulties. When teaching PSHE and Citizenship we take into account the targets set for the children in their Individual Plan (IPs).


Healthy Schools Award

We are working towards the Healthy schools silver award and hope to obtain the first part by July 2015. This supports and complements our PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum well. The areas being worked towards are PSHE, Sex Education, Drugs Education, Emotional Health and Welfare, Physical Activity.


Assessment and Recording

Assessment needs to value and recognise what pupils have done or completed successfully, thereby raising their self-esteem. A variety of approaches to the assessment of individual achievement will therefore need to be practiced by teachers. It is important to recognise that assessment must focus on the children’s understanding of the objectives specific to the PSHE outcomes.

Every key stage is provided with a progression chart for each child. This is attached within their PSHE exercise book which matches the development of each child.

Achievements of pupils in PSHE and Citizenship are reported to parents at the end of each year.



Staff use the objectives from the Brent SEAL units of study to plan PSHE and Citizenship lessons. Staff have access to the LCP PSHE folders for Key Stage One and Two and the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) resources. The school has a range of books dealing with aspects of PSHE including bereavement, healthy food and making the correct choices. We also school council posters and all of the resources from the SEAL pack e.g. feelings fans. Every classroom is provided a Worry box in which the children are able to place their concerns which are addressed by the class teacher.

The children have access to Place2Be to talk freely at specific times with groups of friends. One to one sessions are made available to some pupils in need of an extended constructive session.


Monitoring and review

The PSHE and Citizenship Co-ordinator is responsible for monitoring the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching. This person supports colleagues in the teaching of PSHE and Citizenship, by giving them information about current developments in the subject. Strengths and weaknesses in the subject and areas for further improvement are discussed with the head teacher and colleagues and feedback is given to the governor responsible for PSHE and Citizenship.

This Policy will be reviewed in September 2015.






Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Years 1, 3, 5 WE’RE ALL STARS! Community

Rights and responsibilities

Getting to know each other

Working together

BE FRIENDLY, BE WISE Making and sustaining friendships

Conflict resolution


Keeping safe at home and outdoors

LIVING LONG, LIVING STRONG SRE: body parts, change and hygieneHealthy eating and exercise

Goal-setting and motivation

DARING TO BE DIFFERENT Identity and self esteem

Difference and diversity

Peer influence and assertiveness

DEAR DIARY Comfortable and uncomfortable feelingsProblems in relationships

Anti-bullying Help and support

JOINING IN AND JOINING UP Needs and responsibilities


Local democracy

Voluntary groups

Fund-raising activities

Years 2, 4, 6 IT’S OUR WORLD The wider community and local democracy

Rights and responsibilities

Environmental awareness and sustainability issues

SAY NO! Drugs Education: medicines and legal drugs

Drugs Education: illegal drugs and risk-taking behaviour

Feeling safe


MONEY MATTERS Understanding finance and money

Shopping and budgeting

Risk and debt

Goal-setting and motivation




Hunger and poverty

Media and stereotyping

PEOPLE AROUND US Global citizenship

Different identities around the world

Challenging prejudice

Support networks – relationships and families

GROWING UP SRE: Growing up and developing, changing relationships,

Managing change

Preparing for transition

Whole School Focus Rewards and consequences, school rulesSetting up a School Council

Black History Month

One World Week

National Anti-Bullying WeekBonfire Night

Sustainable Development Day

International Children‟s Day

Human Rights Day

Unicef Day of ChangeWalk to School Week

Recycling Week Holocaust Memorial Day

Martin Luther Day

International Women‟s DayMother‟s Day

Red Nose Day

Fairtrade Fortnight

International Book Day

Father‟s DayFamily Week

National Children‟s Day

Disability Awareness Day

Jeans for Genes Day

Refugee WeekWorld Environment Day

Summer Fayre International Week

My Money Week