Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Intent, implementation and impact.


At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary school, our PSHE curriculum aims to help children to make healthy choices through a sequential and coherent curriculum of health, well-being, relationships and drugs education.


PSHE is taught weekly in lessons which meet the statutory and non-statutory requirements of the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum within the three strands: Relationship Education, Health Education and Sex Education.  We have a whole school approach and use programmes which show progression and continuity of learning: ‘SCARF’ from Coram Children’s Charity.  Every SCARF lesson plan has links to the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study recommended learning opportunities; lesson plans are organised under the PSHE Association’s programmes of Study core themes and topics enabling the whole school to cover the same themes each term.  Together these programmes increase awareness of the sources of help and enable pupils to develop the confidence and skills required to use them.  In addition, emotional coaching is implemented and supported throughout school with the Zones of Regulation and Thrive programmes.  Visitors and Theme Week Assemblies further enhance the learning experience for all of our children. We follow the Archdiocese recommended scheme- A journey in Love to cover all of the RSHE objectives.


Our PSHE curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils, supports the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and promotes British values. It aims to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.  Children are assessed against the PSHE objectives but it is noted that these are life skills and their impact may not be able to be fully assessed in this way.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development  (SMSC)



The personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School,  we therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their Catholic faith, their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.

All of our curriculum areas have a contribution to make to a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum.

All adults at Saints Peter and Paul,  model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families.

The school community is a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the ethos of the school.

Pupils should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.

Pupils should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. School and classroom rules should reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements.


SMSC  is taught through and alongside all of the curriculum subjects. Children are encouraged to participate fully in school life and extra-curricular activities.

Impact since 2020

Please see the links below:

SMSC 2022 2023

2021 2022 SMSC

2020 2021 SMSC