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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. At Clifford Road School our Programme of Study for PSHE aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Relationships

  • Living in the Wider World (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

The National Curriculum also states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.

At Clifford School PSHE education is taught in discrete lessons, supported by other learning opportunities across the curriculum and including the use of enhancement days, Anti Bullying week in November and Science Week in March.

Teachers use a number of models to supplement PSHE lessons with dedicated curriculum time. These include:

  • Learning opportunities in other curriculum subjects (see the SMSC page on the website)
  • Cross-curricular projects
  • Visits, trips and visitors
  • One-to-one or small group support and guidance on specific areas of learning and development
  • Learning through involvement in the life of the school and wider community


Building Learning Power: the 5Rs


Building Learning Power is about helping pupils to become better learners, both in school and out. Professor Guy Claxton developed Building Learning Power and we have been keen to develop it in our classrooms at Clifford Road Primary School.


We know that pupils who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and more creatively and find learning more enjoyable.


Building Learning Power prepares pupils for an uncertain future. Building Learning Power helps pupils to learn how to be tenacious and resourceful, imaginative and logical, self disciplined and self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive. These are skills that we want to develop and value in our pupils at Clifford Road Primary School.


The 5Rs

Building Learning Power consists of 5 key learning dispositions - the 5 Rs. We can think of the dispositions as being like ‘Learning Muscles.’


Resilience – Knowing how to get through difficulties when the going gets tough.


Reciprocity – Learning alone or with others; empathising and listening.


Resourcefulness – Using both internal and external resources effectively; questioning and reasoning.


Reflectiveness – Taking a longer term view by planning and taking stock.


ResponsibliltyBeing mindful of your actions and making the right choices; being dependable.


Learning Heroes

Twice a month on a Monday morning, we celebrate Building Learning Powers with a special “Learning Heroes” Assembly. Class Teachers nominate one child who has displayed /used their Learning Muscles in class; they then receive a badge during assembly.

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Supporting PSHE in the Wider Curriculum

Links within the wider curriculum: