Curriculum Intent    

PSHE forms an integral part of Enfield’s strategic vision to ‘enable children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally’.  PSHE is at the heart of our key drivers of ‘Ambition, Resilience and Collaboration’.


Enfield Academy is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for all pupils. The PSHE programme of study brings together citizenship with personal well-being, while promoting a British values based education. Relationships and Health Education is an integral part of our PSHE programme. This programme is delivered in both discrete weekly sessions and within cross-curricular learning. 

Our PSHE Curriculum is intended to:

  1. Equip children with knowledge and understanding of risks, dangers (including online exploitation and grooming) and how to keep themselves safe and make safe and informed decisions
  2. Support learners to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep mentally healthy
  3. Support learners’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle, including giving ample opportunities for pupils to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities.
  4. Provide a safe place for discussion of current, relevant social issues – including drug education, financial education and sex and relationship education.
  5. Prepare learners for life in modern Britain by:
  • equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society
  • developing their understanding of fundamental British values
  • developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity (alongside other curriculum areas)
  • celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.
  • protecting them from radicalisation. 


  1. Develop and enhance pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Within PSHE, our Relationships and Health Education Curriculum is intended to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

We will:

  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.

Curriculum Implementation

At Enfield Academy, children are taught PSHE through a planned programme, based on the PSHE Association Programme of Study, of three core themes – Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World, which incorporate the Discovery Education ‘Health and Relationships’ Programme. Class sessions are delivered each week.

In addition to weekly class lessons, assemblies and whole school themes promote a knowledge and understanding of the following: risks and dangers through stranger danger, fire safety, water safety, road safety awareness and e-safety week; citizenship through Spread the Happiness and charity days - Red Nose Day / Sport Relief, Remembrance Day, Macmillan Coffee morning, anti-bullying week and Armed Forces Day; enterprise through the school summer fair; tolerance and appreciation of diversity through Disability Awareness Week, Black History Month, Children’s Mental Health week and World Faith celebrations and events; physical well-being through Golden Mile, sports events, sports day, Walk to School Week and daily playtime activities; character-building through R-time, SEAL programme, PGL Residential, visits, visitors and outdoor learning.

PSHE is also taught throughout the curriculum, for example: in science, children learn about puberty and how bodies change, and how to eat healthily; in PE, children learn about how to keep physically healthy and maintain an active lifestyle; in RE, children have opportunities to experience spirituality through awe and wonder; and they learn about and develop tolerance of others’ beliefs, religions and cultures; in history, children learn about the origins of law and democracy; in geography and art, children learn about other countries and cultures.

PSHE education addresses both pupils’ current experiences and preparation for their future. The PSHE Association Programme of Study therefore provides a spiral curriculum to develop knowledge, skills and attributes, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year. This is grounded in the established evidence base for effective practice in PSHE education.

The Discovery Programme is an explicit, structured, whole-curriculum framework and resource for teaching relationship and health education to all pupils. It is a spiral curriculum which revisits each theme (and the skills associated with that theme) offering new ideas yearly.


The provision is planned to ensure development in Physical, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), which occurs daily. In provision, children will explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, self-confidence and self-awareness, rules and routines, empathy and restorative conversations. The Reception class uses resources from the SEAL Programme and R-time.

Curriculum Impact

Our children become resilient, confident and independent learners, whose ambition is to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be. They know how to stay physically and mentally healthy and are responsible, respectful, active citizens who are able to contribute positively to society. They understand healthy and respectful relationships.

Our children behave well and take responsibility for their actions. Behaviour across the school is excellent and respect for others is highly regarded.

The children are prepared for future success in their next steps and for life in modern Britain. They understand fundamental British values and display an appreciation of diversity and the protected characteristics. They are able to celebrate what individuals have in common and promote respect for their own and others’ differences and uniqueness.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Curriculum

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