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PSHE at Hope Community School

At Hope Community School, we believe that PSHE is a fundamental part of every child’s education for them to become confident, contributing and happy members of society. Our curriculum aims to give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to navigate the complexities of the 21st century and for a life that no doubt will be very different from life as we know it today.

Our curriculum covers key areas which will support children to make informed choices now and in the future around their health, safety, wellbeing, relationships, and financial matters and will support them in becoming confident individuals and active members of society.

Our delivery of the curriculum embraces our school values of creativity, adventure, excellence and openness. It is our hope that all children at Hope Community School leave school with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society. 

Over the course of the year, the following topics are taught in each year group and children build on the knowledge and skills over time:

  • Family and relationships
  • Health and well-being
  • Safety and the changing body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic well-being


Our Aims for the children in PSHE are:

  • To promote personal development in a developmentally appropriate way in order to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances.
  • To develop each child’s sense of self-worth by encouraging them to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
  • To teach about the emotional and social aspects of growing up and empower children with the skills and values to have safe and fulfilling relationships.
  • To introduce children to a variety of experiences and promote an understanding and tolerance of the diversity of the world around them.
  • To ensure our children are well-equipped to maintain their own well-being and stay safe in an ever-changing society.  
  • To promote the four fundamental British values which reflect life in modern Britain: democracy; rule of law; respect and tolerance and individual liberty.




Relationships, Sex and Health Education 

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. As a result, Relationships Education is statutory in all primary schools.

Families remain the prime educators in many of these matters and the school has a role to complement and reinforce learning, providing key building blocks for the development of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. Mental wellbeing is a core theme to support individuals to build resilience and be able to be successful members of society.

All schools in Britain are to foster healthy and respectful peer rot peer communication and behaviour and provided an environment which challenges perceived limits on pupils based on their characteristics or those of their family. The school is required to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, which states that schools must not unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their age, sex, race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, marriage or civil partnership, or sexual orientation (collectively known as the protected characteristics).

RSHE:  What does the school policy say? see below. 

RSHE:  What is taught ? see the RSHE overview and the SOW ( scheme of work) documents below 

British values 

Online safety

Helping your child 

Mental health 

Ready Respectful and Safe



Please see below for a list of recommended books to help understand matters of linked to relationships, sex and health education. 

Health Education 

Children are taught how to take care of their physical and metal health.

Active travel: all children are encouraged to opt for active travel to school as exercise keeps them fit and healthy and in turn helps them to fight illness. It also improves moods and brain function. In June 2021 the school participated in the Walk 'n Wheel Britain campaign.