The Importance of Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.  Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities.  In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.  They reflect on their experienes and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.  They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities.  They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

The Aims of PSHE & Citizenship

  • To develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of individual abilities
  • To prepare to play an active role as citizens
  • To develop a health, safe lifestyle
  • To develop good relationships and respect the differences between people


  • The caring school
  • Feelings and relationships
  • Growing and changing
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Me, my community and the environment
  • Keeping myself safe
  • E Safety:  How can I contact people who help me?
  • The world of drugs
  • Focus on outdoors