Personal, Social and Economic Education

At Shanklea Primary, we use Coram Life Education’s whole school approach to PSE (Personal, Social and Economic Education and RHSE (Relationships, Health and Sex Education). Coram Life Education centre their work on the SCARF approach which supports us to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and achievement. As a school, we’ve also adopted and embedded the SCARF shared values in all that we do.

Pupils created questions linked to their shared values so we could talk about them daily as part of our approach to behaviour.

Safety: Are you being safe?

Caring: Are you caring towards others?

Achievement: Are you working hard to achieve your goals?

Resilience: Are you being resilient?

Friendship: Are you a good friend?

The units on SCARF are split into: Me and my relationships, valuing difference, keeping safe, rights and respect, being my best and growing and changing.

Coram Life Education meets all the DFE requirements for statutory Relationships, Health and Sex Education and following our consultation with parents in 2021, in Y6 we also teach Sex Education. However, parents can choose to opt out of these additional sessions if they wish. We ask that if parents want their children to opt out to please contact the Headteacher, Mrs Ritson to discuss further.

In order to meet Keeping Children Safe in Education, we’ve also added additional sessions for Y5/6 which focus on: Contextual safeguarding, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and financial) child on child abuse, neglect and consent. We feel through adding these additional lessons we are ensuring all pupils are fully prepared and aware of safeguarding issues and how to report these immediately or seek further support and guidance.

Throughout school we also have ‘let’s talk’ boxes where pupils can add their concerns and in KS2 reading areas we have informative packs and posters on how to keep ourselves safe in addition to the child friendly child protection and safeguarding policy that the children helped to write.

PSE/RHSE is taught weekly in all year groups through discussion, drama and problem-solving opportunities. Weekly posts are then shared on Dojo with parents so they can continue to support pupils with discussions at home if they wish.


At Shanklea Primary School we believe that PSHE and citizenship should enable children to become healthy, independent, and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. Through Coram Life Education pupils explore the British Values of: Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect, Tolerance and Individual Liberty.

To explore British Values further, we also use Picture News once a week from Y1-Y6 as a class assembly . As part of this, pupils explore and debate local, national and world issues and discuss protected characteristics and their own rights and responsibilities as a member of society.

We also provide lots of opportunities for social action in school and within the community as we have:

-        Mini Police

-        Anti Bullying Ambassadors and School Council

-        Crest Challenges which support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) all pupils Y1-Y6 take part in each half term.

-        A range of classroom and outdoor monitors e.g. playground monitors.

All these opportunities support our children to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of our team: TEAM Shanklea.

 Aims of PSE

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to become confident, healthy individuals
  • Develop a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • Understand what makes a good relationship for others
  • Have respect for others in school and in the outside world
  • Develop own sense of self-esteem and emotional well-being and encourage others to do so
  • To make the most of their own abilities
  • Be independent and responsible members of a community, such as school
  • Develop knowledge of ways in which individuals can contribute to society
  • Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • Develop good relationships with other members of the community
  • Acquire enduring values and aspirations.

Please find a copy of the RHSE aims at the bottom of the page.

Health Education

We aim to provide a variety of experiences across the curriculum that will establish good habits and develop in children the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote good health throughout their lives. Links are also fostered with outside agencies, e.g., School nurse, dental health Educator, road safety, police, and the fire brigade.


Following each unit, the team will make a judgement about whether pupils are meeting the expected standard or not. This will be recorded termly on our tracking system, Insight. If we feel pupils require additional help, further support will be put in place or we may refer to our school nurse.

Please find below the link for the National Curriculum for PSE/RHSE: Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education - GOV.UK ( Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education - GOV.UK (

Please also find the link to Coram Life Education, this is the scheme we follow for PSE/RHSE: SCARF: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship (

Child protection and safeguarding

Pupils should be aware that the school will take any responsibility and action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff may have no alternative but to follow the Northumberland County Child Protection Procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.