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Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

Personal, Social, Health, Emotional (PSHE) is a very important subject which equips children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills needed to live safe healthy lives. It deals with the real life issues affecting our school, families and communities.

PSHE education:

  • supports pupils to be healthy physically and mentally aswell as encouraging individual responsibilty for personal health.
  • contributes to the safety of children online, outdoors and understanding the effects associated with drugs and alcohol.
  • supports pupils to understand similarities and differences between themselves and others,
  • promotes independence and responsibility, preparing children and young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders. 

In 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance about changes to the PSHE cirriculum, which schools must implement and comply to. The Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE are now statutory in all primary schools. This covers broad areas of particular relevance and concern to children and young people in today's modern world. It ensures that every child is guaranteed a PSHE education that covers mental health and wellbeing, physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid) and learn about safe and healthy relationships.

Following our consultation process last year, we have taken on board feedback from parents, students, staff and governors and have updated our Relationships and Sex Education policy to take into account the new statutory changes. 

As in previous years, and in line with government guidance, we will continue teaching elements of sex education in an age-appropriate way. High quality RSE helps to safeguard our children and provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves. We believe it is our collective responsibility to ensure our children grow up happy and healthy. You can find the DfE statutory guidance and our updated RSE policy below.


Our PSHE scheme of work (You, Me, PSHE)

At Gledhow, we follow the You, Me, PSHE scheme which sits alongside our SEMH MindMate champions lessons. All lessons are age appropriate with the aim that all children achieve their fullest potential.

The resource includes lesson plans, whole school and year group cirriculum overviews, assessment activities (pre &post) and teaching rescources to be used in the lesson. 

  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Identity, society and equality
  • Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Relationships and sex education

When teaching this resource we take into consideration different faiths/religions, values and beliefs and ensure that we are providing our children with high quality teaching which takes the above into account. We also cover a whole range of lifeskills including: British Values and the importance of it, fire safety, water safety, road safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, mental health, bike safety, first aid, online safety and keeping safe outdoors. These skills are covered through lessons, assemblies, planned weeks/days and by inviting in visitors/people from the community such as: the police, fire service, NSPCC, St Johns Ambulance, local church, Leeds City Council and many more. 

Please see below the DfE stuatory guidance, updated RSE policy, consultation presentation and the PSHE statement of intent.


MindMate is a Leeds-based website for young people, their families and the professionals who support them. It is designed to explore emotional wellbeing and mental health issues and offer information about where support is available.

Alongside our PSHE cirriculum, we will be teaching our children about Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) through the MindMate lessons which have been developed by teachers and mental health professionals here in Leeds. The programmed is funded and supported by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group. It also aims to provide pupils with the skills to manage their own emotional and mental wellbeing.

The lessons are interactive and will help children:

  • Understand their own feelings
  • Understand the emotions and mental health needs of others
  • Understand the change during transition times and how to cope with it
  • Support friends and family to be mentally well
  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental health
  • Deal with exam stress through coping techniques

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