Personal, social, health education (PSHE) and Citizenship in primary school are planned programmes of learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities.
PSHE education and Citizenship equip children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives.
PSHE provides a focus on the personal dimension and Citizenship a focus on the public dimension. The social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) provide a framework and ideas for teaching key aspects (‘domains’) of emotional intelligence.
PSHE education, Citizenship and SEAL enables children to reflect on and clarify their own values, attitudes and feelings and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. This area of the curriculum makes a significant contribution towards supporting schools in meeting statutory responsibilities to promote physical and mental well-being, achieve the curriculum aims and promote community cohesion.