PSHE (Personal, Social and Health 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 children’s need to thrive as individuals, family members

and members of society. It plays a vital role in our school, as we embed it across

all subjects and everyday school life.


We believe it is essential to equip children to live healthy, safe, productive,

capable, responsible and balanced lives. We encourage them to be enterprising

and support them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.  As a school we provide opportunities for children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.


PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping children to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help children to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.


We believe PSHE education can help to reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by children, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. Our PSHE education programme makes a significant contribution to children’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).  In our school the aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:

-          accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge

-          opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding

-          opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities

-          the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives

-          opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy

Subject leader: Mr Dyer


Our PSHE programme of study is based on three core themes within which there is broad overlap and flexibility:


1. Health and Wellbeing


2. Relationships


3. Living in the Wider World








Our SMSC Curriculum

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.


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.


Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.


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

Keeping safe, being well, making great choices!

In Darlington we deliver an annual Healthy Lifestyle Survey where we ask almost 6000 children and young people aged 9—16 about their healthy lifestyle , risk taking and wellbeing. Here are some of our main findings from the last year to support you when talking to your child, helping them  to manage modern life—reminding them that actually not everyone is doing it!


  • 63% are “only sometimes” or “never” supervised when using the internet

  • 49% access the internet daily, more than once a day or more unsupervised

  • 80% play online games

  • 36% play games rated age 16 or 18

  • You tube, Roblox, Facetime and Snapchat are the most used social networks, although they average at 5 social media accounts EACH

  • 32% have friends online they do not know in person

  • 14% said they access things online their parents and carers would not be happy with

  • 75% brush their teeth twice a day. 41% have had a filling

  • 77% said they do 60 active minutes of exercise everyday

  • 51% said they eat sweets and chocolate daily and 34% have fizzy drinks daily

  • 84% eat breakfast everyday

  • 74% said they had felt stressed, homework, schoolwork and SATS were the most given reasons, followed by siblings, bullying, gaming and body image

Useful links

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and

young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.


Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.


Make a change today with Change4Life! Discover sugar swaps, healthy recipes, nutritional advice, and top tips and activities to help your kids stay healthy


Growing Healthy Darlington 5-19 Service – School Nurse attached to each school on hand to provide advice and support based on the needs of the pupils.  Call 03000 030013

Darlington Mind - Offer a range of support including counselling, one to one support, self-harm, mental wellbeing, emotional resilience workshops for pupils and support to staff.

Contact 01325 283169