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"We are dedicated to promoting the rights of every child." Article 2



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. Our PSHE programme of study is based on three core themes within which there is broad overlap and flexibility: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.


We believe it is essential to equip all 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.

“Learn for Life”

The notion that we have a school that develops children into more than a ‘set of results’ is the bedrock of our vision and ethos for Mount Pleasant Primary School . Our school aims to develop children into ‘good citizens’, who will go on to do ‘great things’. Developing children’s character, through positive attitudes, resilience, kindness and care are central to daily life at Mount Pleasant Primary School.

"You have the right to live and grow." Article 6

This bedrock encompasses all of school life, but particularly the approach and policies of the school in relation to:

  • Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSCHE – including Relationships and Sex Education),

  • Fundamental British Values

  • Behaviour

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Moral (SMSC) aspects of school life

  • Being a Rights Respecting school

  • In order to realise this vision, in every day practice and interaction, at Mount Pleasant Primary School, we live by a set of 6 virtues – which are articulated, recognised, lived and taught. These virtues are:


         Fairness                              Kindness                              Respect                            Justice                              Calmness                        Resilience


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








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Click on the jigsaw pieces below to view programmes of study: 


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!


  • 80% reported inappropriate content to a trusted adult

  • 8% accessed something they shouldn’t online 

  • 66% completed school work online

  • 89% think people in relationships should care about and respect each other

  • 96% feel safe in school 

  • 93% know who to talk to if they don’t feel safe

  • 98% can cross the road safely

  • 90% know how to stay safe on train lines and around trains

  • 78% know how to stay safe in water

  • 75% feel happy about life 

  • 78% have good friendships

  • 100% have a toothbrush and toothpaste 

  • 80% know what changes they will experience in puberty

  • 77% would like to eat more healthily

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

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Bringing together O2’s tech know-how and the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children, we’ve developed Net Aware, your guide to the latest apps, games and social media sites used by young people.

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Speak out Stay safe is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5- to 11-years-old. It is available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands. Our programme helps children understand:

  • abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse

  • that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe

  • where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.

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