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St Laurence Catholic Primary School

St Laurence
Catholic Primary School

Personal, Social ,Health Education and Citizenship (PSHCE)

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship is an important area of the curriculum that helps children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through PSHCE pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and 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. They reflect on their experiences 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 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.

Whole school systems emphasising praise, recognition and reward exist to promote and celebrate positive behaviour and sustained effort and hard work. We want pupils to leave our school with feelings of self-confidence, self-worth and high self-esteem. We are committed to the health, safety and emotional well-being of all our pupils and staff and are proud to be recognised as a Healthy School having met national standards.

We have had an established School Council recognising the importance of pupils having a voice in decisions that affect them. The Council is made up of elected members from each class, and representatives from the staff. It represents the pupils and puts forward new ideas, suggestions and ways of solving issues.

Curriculum Statement for PHSCE 

PSHCE plays a central role in the all-round education and well-being of our children. It helps them become responsible, healthy and independent members of society. In PSHCE we look at and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up, as well as enabling the children to understand how they are developing both personally and socially. We want to provide our children with the opportunities to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society and to be aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens. PSHCE at St Laurence works on three strands – the taught curriculum, the modelling of core values and the day-to-day experience of children in the school. Through these three strands, we encourage our students to develop their own sense of self–worth by participating in and contributing positively to school life, as well as the wider community.

In St Laurence, PSHCE is delivered in dedicated weekly teaching time and also through links across the entire curriculum. This supports our belief that the core values and teachings of PHSCE can be seen, shown and talked about in many ways and in all areas of life. The teaching staff at St Laurence deliver high-quality teaching, using a structured scheme of work that builds understanding as children move through the school, and by responding to the needs of their individual classes. The teaching staff use these resources to help our children understand risk and equip them with the knowledge and understanding to make informed and safe decisions.

Through PHSCE we hope that our children are able to apply their learning across all aspects of their lives, to help them achieve their goals, make positive decisions and prepare them to be global citizens, both now and in the future.


Since becoming statutory to teach RSE in 2020, St Laurence has adopted the Life to the Full scheme provided by the Catholic educational organisation, Ten Ten resources. This model curriculum was highlighted to meet the statutory requirements for RSE as set out by the Department of Education. 


Life to the Full is used as the core scheme in PSHE teachings. However, the Cambridgeshire PSHE scheme is used as a supplementary resource to support beneficial areas not covered by Life to the Full such as economic responsibility and citizenship.