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Shibden Head Primary Academy

PSHCE including Relationships Education

At Shibden Head Primary Academy PSHCE underpins our whole school philosophy to equip children with the tools to thrive in today’s constantly changing society.

We use the SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) Curriculum to teach PSHCE across school.  SCARF is part of Coram Life Education.  PSHCE is taught in the first half term as part our Learning Challenge Curriculum and it is then woven into our other half-termly Learning Challenge themes throughout the year.  We believe this underlines the importance of PSHCE and its place at the heart of our learning.

PSHCE is delivered through creative, hands-on learning activities that engage and inspire the children. The curriculum enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible citizens.

Topics within SCARF include:

  • Me and my Relationships
  • Valuing Difference
  • Keeping Myself Safe
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Being my Best
  • Growing and Changing

Consultation with Parents / Carers

We teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) through the appropriate SCARF units. Our plans are in line with the Government’s new guidelines for teaching Relationships and Health Education which are now a statutory part of the curriculum. We originally consulted with parents on our Relationships and Sex Education Policy during academic year 2020-2021.  We have now reviewed our policy which has not changed since the policy implemented after the first consultation.  The revised policy does include some guidance notes on which parts of the Sex Education curriculum are statutory or non-statutory.  Please see our RSE Policy, Long Term Plan and Learning Outcomes documents for more details.

Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from sex education lessons unless these are part of the national curriculum for science.

20220510 Relationships and Sex Education policy FINAL

Long Term Plans:


scarf editablelong termplanforpsheandwellbeingeducation eng v2 1 9 1 .pdf


Our whole school intent is based around the fact that our children often come in lower than expected as they come from a range of settings because we do not have a nursery.

Our curriculum is written with our school and community at its focus. We are in a village in a culturally diverse city but do not have many EAL speakers or ethnic diversity in our school.

We ensure that we discuss other cultures, religions and the diverse context of a multicultural city and life in modern Britain as part of the PSHCE curriculum.


At Shibden Head Primary Academy, we believe that PSHCE is the bed rock of life at our school.  It underpins the curriculum and it supports the school’s philosophy that our children grow to be well rounded citizens equipped for life beyond Shibden Head.

Through the PSHCE curriculum (which includes Relationship Education and Health Education) children will know more, remember more and understand more and as a result children will know how to develop healthy relationships now and in the future.


  • PSHCE is taught in every year group during the first half of the autumn term, when it is the focus of the Learning Challenge Curriculum.  It is linked where appropriate through other subjects, eg English and RE.
  • PSHCE continues to be taught throughout the year, as a discrete strand, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the subject. This is done via the SCARF curriculum.
  • Work is recorded in floor books.
  • Opportunities are given for Greater Depth children to develop their own line of enquiry.
  • Provision is made for children who are vulnerable to meeting age-related expectations to enable them to access year group objectives wherever possible.
  • Provision is made for children who have SEND to access year group objectives where possible; a personalised curriculum is in place for a very small number of children working well below year group objectives.
  • Opportunities are given for consolidation of learning from previous years and differentiation is used as appropriate to meet the needs of all children.
  • All year groups plan lessons to ensure that the children develop their understanding of the subject, building on previous knowledge.
  • SCARF is a spiral curriculum, which ensures progression in knowledge, attitudes and values, and skills – including the key skills of social and emotional learning.
  • All children have the opportunity to visit the LIFE bus (a mobile classroom where SCARF staff deliver a range of interactive PSHCE lessons).
  • All year groups link their English text in autumn 1 to PSHCE and a range of writing is produced.
  • The SCARF curriculum meets the statutory Government guidelines, including the new Relationship Education and Health Education guidelines which become statutory in September 2020.
  • The RSE strand enables pupils to explore the complexity of the relationships they will have now and throughout their lives.


  • Children are assessed throughout the year on their understanding of the unit they have been studying, using the SCARF assessment tools. Children are identified as emerging, expected or exceeding.
  • Pre and post learning assessments are used, alongside reflections on learning where the children record their thoughts on the unit work they have been studying.
  • Pupil interviews are conducted across school in order to further assess knowledge and understanding.
  • As a result of high quality teaching and engaging experiences, children are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Outcomes at the end of Early Years are high in PSED, reflecting children’s readiness to learn.

Relationships Education

All Focus-Trust academies share a vision, values and commitment and welcome and embrace the requirement to teach Relationships Education in our academies.  Click on the link below to view our joint approach to Relationships Education.

focus trust relationships education statement october 2019.pdf


pshce website slides 2 .pdf