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Philosophy and Approach:

At Cornerstone Schools our PSHE curriculum enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


The intent of our RSE programme is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme, firmly embedded in PSHE, will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.


What you will see in PSHE lessons:

We follow a 4-year rolling programme where the key areas are:

  • Family and relationships
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Safety and my changing body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic wellbeing

PSHE lessons, where the subject is taught discreetly, are planned into the weekly timetable, however, we also work in a cross-curricular way and all aspects of personal, social, health and relationships education are woven through the curriculum so that children are secure in their understanding and comfortable asking questions and expressing opinions in an environment that is supportive and nurturing. Current issues and timely interventions are built into teaching when they arise to support children through challenging times and help others in their understanding.


The PSHE and RSE programme at Cornerstone Schools will support children to:


  • Develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide pupils’ decisions, judgements and behaviour as they move into adolescence and adulthood
  • Understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within all relationships
  • Have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others and to have respect for individual conscience and the skills to judge what kind of relationships they want
  • Communicate effectively
  • Avoid being exploited or exploiting others
  • Avoid being pressurised into behaviours or situations they do not feel comfortable with
  • Understand the processes of puberty, conception and birth
  • Show respect for their own bodies and other people’s
  • Recognise their emotions and express them effectively and appropriately
  • Understand the importance of family life for all and, in particular, in the development of a child
  • Recognise and respect that different people make different decisions about the relationships they choose to enter into

PSHCE and RSE 4 Year rolling plan

PSHE Progression Document


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