What We Teach : PSHE

PSHE at Bradstow School

What is Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education?

PSHE can be defined as ‘PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. PSHE education helps pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain.’ Why PSHE matters | pshe-association.org.uk (Accessed 29/11/2021)


Intent-What do we teach?

At Bradstow School PSHE is a core subject of our school curriculum. The aim of PSHE is to give our learners a good foundation to prepare them for being part of their communities, understand their health needs and keep themselves safe. Our PSHE curriculum is rich and supports our learners needs, it is accessible, relevant, differentiated and prepares our young people for their adult lives.

At Bradstow School we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) is of upmost importance to the learners we teach. Children and Young people at Bradstow are often living away from their parents/carers and have complex needs, which is why we put a very high emphasis on offering a core PSHE curriculum.

Our PSHE curriculum is based heavily on the statutory National Curriculum but has been specially designed with the needs of our learners in mind. Relationships and friendships, sex education and health and wellbeing are included in key learning in PSHE.

PSHE Vision.pdf


Implementation- How do we teach?

Our planning is tailored to the needs of our learners at Bradstow School and ensures that the coverage is taught across the school in a way that is accessible for every young person.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  Lower School Upper School Lower School Upper School Lower School Upper School
Relationships and friendships (Autumn 1and2) All types of families Close relationships Types or relationships Building trusting relationships Communicating with others My interests and the community
Sex education (Spring 1and2) Physical changes (puberty) Sexual feelings during puberty My rights and the law (human rights) Sexual relationships (consent) Types of sexuality Safer sex
Health and wellbeing (Summer 1and2) Basic first aid and emergency services Emergency first aid and substances Keeping fit and healthy How my body works Keeping clean Mental health and autism


All young people cover all 3 key topic areas across the academic year, the topics are broken down to ensure they are age appropriate, progressive and relevant for the young people in their learning journey at Bradstow. 



Our learners demonstrate progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills to keep them safe in their adult lives; with knowledge of how to be part a range of communities and relationships. 

After baselining the young people, we monitor and assess the progress throughout the course of the academic year. 

PSHE Curriculum map

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