At St Joseph’s, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We share a cohesive vision to help children to understand and value how they and others fit into and contribute to the world.

We have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building relationships and resilience and nurturing mental and physical health through the delivery of a programme of engaging and relevant PSHE within our whole school approach. We also promote and practise mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Our approach aims to develop the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.


PSHE as St Joseph’s is a whole school approach. We deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance.

PATHS: At St Joseph’s Primary School, as part of our PSHE curriculum, we teach the PATHS Programme. PATHS empowers all children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which will enable them to make positive choices throughout life. From Nursery to Year 6, the programme teaches and develops the skills of self-esteem, self-control, emotional intelligence, academic engagement and conflict resolution and reduces emotional distress.

It works to enhance the children’s problem solving skills in order for them to tackle different situations they make come across in their everyday lives.

Progression in skills and knowledge in the subject is outlined in the curriculum overview. The curriculum for PSHE is delivered throughout the whole school on a weekly basis. Learning in each topic then takes place weekly in whole class or small group lessons which explore the different topics we need to cover. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has risen in their own class.

Teachers will aim to embed the PSHE learning through other lessons and the whole school day. Supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.

The aims of PSHE are to provide children with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to create personal understanding
  • opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life

Our PSHE programme deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings.

Children at St Joseph’s also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.


The impact of following this programme will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally.

We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to achieve.

Through our PSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens.

Curriculum Overviews

PSHE Curriculum Overview – coming soon.