Cavendish Avenue, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9AE

01298 22278

Burbage Primary School

Personal Social & Health Education


Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE) helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.  PSHE aims to help pupils understand how they are developing personally and socially, and aims to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues which are part of growing up. 

At Burbage Primary School we follow the Derbyshire scheme of work, PSHE Matters.  There are 12 modules that are covered during a two-year cycle.

There is a suggested sequence to follow for each year group. However, teachers have the flexibility to cover the suggested modules in a different order to suit the ever-changing needs of their pupils.  Pupils receive one hour a week of PSHE teaching and this is revisited and re-capped throughout the school year. Throughout the year, there are opportunities for children to be introduced to and revisit Diversity and British values which also compliment the RE curriculum.

As a school we have developed eight key words which integrates well with our PSHE curriculum.  Our key words (Happiness, Resilience, Self-belief, Kindness, Love of Learning, Aspiration, Independence and Empathy) underpin all the work we do as a school.   The key themes are developed through assemblies and are on display in every class so that teachers can refer to them as the opportunity arises.  Opportunities are also sought to incorporate the key qualities into our planning so that children can develop as strong, resilient and happy individuals.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities across the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and local community, thus allowing them the opportunity to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Pupils are given opportunities to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, which is all part of growing up.  They will also find out about the main political and social establishments that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities.  Pupils learn to respect our common differences and diversity so that they can continue to develop valuable, rewarding relationships which are an indispensable part of life and learning. 

Pupils will learn about the 9 protected characteristics of 

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

For more information on protected characteristics, please click here: Discrimination: your rights: Types of discrimination ('protected characteristics') - GOV.UK (

Throughout the year there are significant opportunities for the children to learn more about and revisit subjects such as Safer Internet Day, Anti-bullying week, Children in Need.

PSHE Long term plan

pshe ltp 22 23.pdf

PSHE Knowledge and Skills progression EYFS & KS1

pshe progression of s k eyfs ks1.pdf

PSHE Knowledge and Skills progression lower KS2

pshe progression of s k lks2.pdf

PSHE Knowledge and Skills progression upper KS2

pshe progression of s k uks2.pdf