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PSHE at Gretton


Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) development is at the heart of everything we do here at Gretton and is woven throughout our whole curriculum. The overarching term personal development includes PSHE including Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), SMSC (including British Values), Preparation for Adulthood and Careers development.


The teaching of PSHE/Citizenship will ensure that knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens are acquired and applied when developing skills of enquiry, communication, participation and responsible action. The statutory requirement includes Relationships Education KS1-2; Relationships and Sex Education KS3-4; Health Education KS1-4.

Why we do Relationship Education in Primary

Why we do RSE in Secondary

Q: Why do we do it at Gretton? 

A: It's embedded within every lesson, activity, conversation and moment. To develop character, competence, creativity and confidence as our students prepare for adulthood.


PSHE encompasses all areas designed to promote the student’s personal, social, health and economic development. It gives students the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. Additionally, students will come to appreciate difference and diversity.


Three core themes are embedded in PSHE from KS1-5:

CORE THEME 1: Health and Wellbeing

CORE THEME 2: Relationships

CORE THEME 3: Living in the Wider World


PSHE/Citizenship are delivered through weekly lessons by primary teachers and a team of secondary teachers. Outside speakers and external visits are part of the curriculum.


Students are already encouraged to take an active role in the life of the school and community. For example: assemblies, charity events, Drama performances and the School Council. These activities not only support a key aim of the school - to develop in our students positive values and attitudes - but also develop ‘skills of participation and responsible action’.


PSHE/Citizenship will be delivered through weekly lessons.


Assessments in PSHE are completed throughout the lessons formatively, and where appropriate, summatively at the end of certain topics. All students have the opportunity to be assessed, which feeds into termly and end of year reports. National Curriculum levels are not used in PSHE, as the subject has become compulsory for KS1, 2, 3 and 4 in all state and independent schools.


Monitoring and evaluation

The Curriculum Leader and Head teacher will ensure that the school is meeting the statutory requirements for PSHE/Citizenship. They will monitor the quality of provision as part of the evaluation cycle.

Within these two webpages (PSHE & SMSC) we have tried to capture all the wonderful things that we do at Gretton to support the personal development of our learners. As a school, academic studies are incredibly important to us, but the bit we get really excited about is when we see a learner achieving their academic potential because of all their ongoing personal development: their emotional regulation, their reflective practice, their understanding of the wider world and their own aspirations for the future.

Although most PSHE has been statutory in schools since September 2020 and it is now a legal requirement as outlined under the ‘Children and Social Work Act 2017’, as published by the Department for Education, at Gretton we really value the opportunities that the PSHE curriculum offers our students. 

Key Stage 5 is optional, but we run a Programme of Study to support learners to prepare for adulthood within the official PSHE Association's framework. This ‘Programme of Study’ comprehensively covers the content required to be delivered from the Statutory Guidance, clearly mapped and identifying the learning opportunities required. 

PSHE & RSE Links for parents/carers

Mental health resources for children, parents, carers and families -

Have you checked out Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation's Report Remove tool? We understand that having a sexual image or video of themselves shared online can be a distressing situation for a young person. Any young person under 18 can now use Report Remove, allowing them to report to see if the content can be taken down. To find out more, visit:

Links to our PSHE & RSE policies can be found here


"They benefit enormously from a carefully designed programme that helps them develop the social and emotional skills needed for the future."

"Personal development: Outstanding"

- Ofsted Report, February 2024

Here at Gretton we continue to develop our PSHE provision as well as continuing to share key information to support our families, carers and students. We will be working towards an accreditation for a PSHE Association Quality Mark to achieve recognition in excellence for PSHE.

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