Personal, Social, HEalth, economic education

"PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society."

PSHE Association, 2017


PSHE Education continues throughout education, across all the key stages in primary and secondary education. At Brightwell we recognise the importance of a high quality, age appropriate and informed programme that is both supplemented and complemented by strong learning experiences in all areas of the curriculum e.g. Junior Citizens, NSPCC Speak out, Stay safe programme.


Teaching and Learning

Our teachers use the Islington PSHE programme. This follows seven strands within PSHE;  

Keeping safe and managing risk

Mental health and emotional wellbeing

Physical health and wellbeing

Careers, financial capability & economic wellbeing

Identity, society and equality

Sex and relationship education (SRE)

Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE)

We avoid, where possible, ‘one-off’, stand-alone sessions that will not be revisited, and instead make constant links to previous learning and experiences, and build upon these. This programme is enhanced by our "Mind to Be Kind" programme and both are tailored to meet the needs of our school, students and community.


Where possible we make cross-curricula links between PSHE and other subjects; this is particularly true and relevant in English, Religious Education, Physical Education, History and Geography, with other content also linking to Maths, Science and Computing.

PSHE learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, cross-curricula lessons and discrete lessons.

During PSHE sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. A great deal of time is spent considering scenarios and possible responses to them.

Click here to view the whole school curriculum overview