Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education


Broad Aims

Our PSHE curriculum is broad but has specific aims:

  • to enable children to develop personally and socially in a positive and nurturing environment
  • to allow children to better understand the need to be good role models and members of society
  • to develop an understand of what it means to be responsible and respectful both to themselves and others.

Introduction and Overview

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.  At Earlsmead we teach PSHE through social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) allowing children to develop an understanding of what it means to be social and emotional human beings.  Similarly, we ask children to think about health issues concerning their own health and others’ wellbeing.

We also teach children (especially in Key Stage Two) the importance of being active and responsible citizens, enabling them to develop skills that they will need when moving onto secondary school.

The PSHE curriculum is explicitly taught at Earlsmead, yet much more learning also occurs cross-curricularly.  Staff are aware of PSHE topics and current issues which link directly to other parts of the National Curriculum.  In much the same way, the school's ethos and various policies intrinsically reflect PSHE in all its forms.  In doing this, PSHE underpins all of our teaching practice.

School Council

At Earlsmead, we believe children should be seen and more importantly heard. We have a very active School Council who participate in regular discussions both in Class Council sessions and whole school council meetings (held once every two weeks).  Here children are given a platform in which they can speak freely about their experiences of school and discuss ways in which school can develop.

Councillors are encouraged to set high standards at all times and lead by example.

Our commitment to Anti-bullying

We focus heavily on anti-bullying and have a zero tolerance attitude to bullying of any kind. We are a multinational, multi faith, varied and dynamic school which aims to value difference and encourage diversity.  Children are strongly encouraged to speak out against bullying and to tell adults when they see any forms of bullying, prejudice or discrimination happening.

Each year we focus on the issue of bullying as a whole school during Anti-bullying week.

Earlsmead's dedication to sustainable travel

We work in line with the TfL's and Haringey's STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible and Safe) Accreditation programme, where children are educated on safer ways to travel to and around school.  The programme focuses on traffic issues and raises awareness of how children can be more active travellers.

We have children who are appointed Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) who assist in planning, generating and implementing strategies regarding safer travel.

As part of the STARS accreditation, some of the main learning involves children engaging in cycle and scooter training, developing an understanding of air pollution and participating in workshops/focussed lessons based on road safety.  Children are also given opportunities to collect and analyse data from school field trips to tackle local traffic issues and to discover ways in which we can make our local area safer for active and sustainable travel.

Healthy Lifestyles

PSHE also focuses on Healthy lifestyles and what it means to be healthy, both in mind and body. Children are taught strategies to help them cope with difficult situations, how to overcome uncomfortable feelings and shown how to keep their body fit and healthy. Our school nurse visits regularly and assists the school with health related needs. We also have a designated member of staff for welfare issues.


To further develop children's understanding of being active citizens, outside agencies are invited to come into school and give talks, workshops and lessons on many issues including personal safety (by the CSPO), fire safety (from the LFB education team) and personal hygiene (in liaison with the school nurse) to name a few.

We also teach children (especially in Key Stage Two) the importance of being active and responsible citizens.


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