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At Curbar Primary School, it is our aim that PSHE (including RSHE – see below) gives pupils ‘the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible British citizens.’

PSHE enables students to understand and respect our common humanity: it’s diversity and its differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. We are aware that our profile is mainly white and broadly Christian based and our children need to be able to take their place in an outward, multi-cultural and multi-faith world.  We believe that a high-quality PSHE curriculum will promote the moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life within the wider world.

It is important that PSHE is delivered within a safe, secure and supportive learning environment where children’s genuine questions and concerns can be sensitively addressed.  Curbar broadly follows the Derbyshire PSHE scheme of learning (PSHE Matters) to support class teachers in delivering all aspects of the curriculum.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

It is our aim that RSHE enhances children’s ability to understand themselves within the context of the local and wider world in the areas of relationships and sex education:  including in the arenas of anti-bullying; keeping safe on and off line; keeping physically and mentally healthy, learning about drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and the development of skills and attributes such as  communication skills, managing peer pressure, risk management, resilience and decision making.  It is important that RSHE is delivered within a safe, secure and supportive learning environment where children’s genuine questions and concerns can be sensitively addressed.

At Curbar, we promote pupils’ SMSC development through PSHE in the following ways:
  •  We develop the pupils’ ability to reflect on their own lives.
  •  We encourage a knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s values and feelings.
  •  We develop a sense of fascination in learning about themselves.
  •  We promote an understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  •  We investigate views about ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others.
  •  We encourage a willingness to cooperate with others and resolve conflicts.
  •  We demonstrate skills and attitudes which will help pupils’ to fully participate in their lives in modern Britain.
  •  We appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that shape our heritage.
  •  We recognise shared values across a range of communities.
  •  We understand how democracy has shaped, and continues to impact on, Britain.
  •  We explore and celebrate diversity (religious, ethnic and socio-economic) in the local, national and global communities.


Our PSHE curriculum is based around Derbyshire County Council’s ‘PSHE Matters’ framework and is implemented on a two year cycle . This academic year 2023/24 is Cycle A.

The skills covered throughout the progressive PSHE Matters curriculum are not just taught in isolation, but across the school day in incidental opportunities to support children, in Collective assembly,  school clubs, circle time, pupil parliament ,visits and trips, community and school events, break times and within other lessons.

Throughout our PSHE curriculum  (planned and integrated within the school day) we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.  Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures and our citizenship lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process, including how to affect peaceful changes in society.

Please see the PSHE long term overview below:

Please click on the PSHE milestones (progress steps) below:

Please see the PSHE tw0 year overview below:

Please click on the links below to see the PSHE and RSHE (draft) policies below: