PSHE Statement

PSHE Statement

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC)

Each school has a statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. English Martyrs’ RC Primary School delivers SMSC through our School Ethos, Religious Education, Collective Worship, Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health and Economic curriculum, the Healthy Schools program and the school Pastoral Care Programme.

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. What is SMSC?   It is about developing the whole person.

Please find below information about each area:



Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.



Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.



Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.



Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


 PSHE Curriculum

At English Martyrs’ RC Primary School we believe that PSHE education is a very important part of the curriculum. It supports the physical, social and emotional development as well as the health and well-being of all our pupils.

Our PSHE education is inclusive of all learners and promotes equality.

Our PSHE education programme is age-appropriate and spans the whole school life of the child from Reception to Year 6. In the Foundation Stage, PSHE education is a Prime Area of Learning which means most, of the planning and activities available to the children, are linked to the Personal, Social, Health and the Emotional wellbeing of the children.

In Key Stage 1 & 2, the PSHE education programme covers three core themes which are:

Core theme 1: Health and wellbeing

Core theme 2: Relationships

Core theme 3: Living in the wider world – Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen

This is in line with the National Guidance (PSHE Association, 2013)

Our PSHE programme is delivered through a cross curricular and discreet teaching approach by teaching staff, the school nurse, and visitors in and out of school.