What We Teach : PSHE

PSHE at Bradstow School

What is Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education?

PSHE can be defined as ‘PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. PSHE education helps pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain.’ Why PSHE matters | pshe-association.org.uk (Accessed 29/11/2021)


Intent-What do we teach?

At Bradstow School PSHE is a core subject of our school curriculum. The aim of PSHE is to give our learners a good foundation to prepare them for being part of their communities, understand their health needs and keep themselves safe. Our PSHE curriculum is rich and supports our learners needs, it is accessible, relevant, differentiated and prepares our young people for their adult lives.

At Bradstow School we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) is of upmost importance to the learners we teach. Children and Young people at Bradstow are often living away from their parents/carers and have complex needs, which is why we put a very high emphasis on offering a core PSHE curriculum.

Our PSHE curriculum is based heavily on the statutory National Curriculum but has been specially designed with the needs of our learners in mind. Relationships and friendships, sex education and health and wellbeing are included in key learning in PSHE.

PSHE Vision.pdf


Implementation- How do we teach?

Our planning is tailored to the needs of our learners at Bradstow School and ensures that the coverage is taught across the school in a way that is accessible for every young person.

Year & Upper/Lower School

Year of Rolling Programme

Relationships and friendships (Autumn 1 and 2)

Sex education
 (Spring 1 and 2)

Health and wellbeing 
(Summer 1 and 2)

Lower School

Upper School

Lower School

Upper School

Lower School

Upper School

Year 1

All types of families

Close relationships

Physical changes (puberty)

Sexual feelings during puberty

Basic first aid and emergency services

Emergency first aid and substances

Year 2

Types of relationships

Building trusting relationships

My rights and the law (Human rights)

Sexual relationships (consent)

Keeping fit and healthy

How my body works

Year 3

Communicating with others

My interests and the community

Types of sexuality

Safe sex

Keeping clean

Mental health and autism

All young people cover all 3 key topic areas across the academic year, the topics are broken down to ensure they are age appropriate, progressive and relevant for the young people in their learning journey at Bradstow. 



Our learners demonstrate progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills to keep them safe in their adult lives; with knowledge of how to be part a range of communities and relationships. 

After baselining the young people, we monitor and assess the progress throughout the course of the academic year. 

PSHE Curriculum map

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