PSHE Overview


PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) teaching underpins all that we do at Newburgh School and PSHE curriculum is supported by our whole school vision and ethos. We are committed to providing high quality educational experiences for our pupils and we ensure that all children are listened to and that their opinions and ideas are valued. We hold a range of themed days and also invite visitors from reputable, professional organisations into school to enhance our teaching and learning provision.


We want our pupils to enjoy learning across the curriculum, to succeed, to be equipped for the modern world, and to be prepared for life and work within modern Britain. We want our pupils to understand and apply the British Values of Mutual Respect, Tolerance, Democracy, Liberty and Rule of Law and these are embedded within our school ethos and curriculum.


Through our carefully planned curriculum and cross curricular activities, we aim to boost our pupils' self esteem and confidence, and to inspire them to learn and succeed. We want to empower our children and we offer a safe learning environment in which they can discuss and share their ideas. We aim to provide our pupils with the skills, knowledge, attributes and understanding of how to lead healthy, independent lives and how to stay safe. We follow the PSHE Association's scheme of work and we have carefully adapted this to reflect the needs of all our pupils. We use the programme's three core themes which are Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.


Areas of learning at Newburgh School include:

  • Developing social skills - taking turns, listening;
  • Mental health and well-being;
  • Positive, healthy relationships and friendships;
  • Healthy diets, exercise and lifestyles;
  • Positive personal attributes - self esteem, resilience, empathy and self confidence;
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco education;
  • Careers, finance and budgeting, enterprise, inspirations and aspirations;
  • Roles in society, the community and people who help us;
  • Growing up, changes and transitions;
  • Keeping safe and managing risks;
  • Local, regional and national news and topical issues;
  • Circle time activities, role-play,  group discussions and debates.


From September 2020 PSHE is a compulsory part of the national curriculum. Please see our letter to parents/carers about this here.

There is further information in the powerpoint here.

Our PSHE Policy is here.

Our PSHE Progressison of Knowledge is here.

Our PSHE Curriculum Overview is here.

A Parents guide to Relationships and Sex Education is here.


When we returned to school following lockdown all of our children participated in "Confident Me" wellbeing lessons. A summary presentation of this is here.


Inspirations and Aspirations Day


At Newburgh School, we understand that it is very important to teach our pupils about a wide range of careers and jobs and we encourage our pupils to think about their talents, interests and what they would possibly like to be when they grow up.


We also discuss the ever changing world with our pupils and explain to them that new jobs are being created and developed all of the time. We aim to provide our children with a knowledge of a range of careers and also to encourage them to think about what they enjoy, who inspires them and what they aspire to do in the future. We discuss short term and long term goals and we celebrate our successes in class and as a whole school.


We have held a very successful event, our 'Inspirations and Aspirations Day' that focused upon careers and our pupils' futures. The children came into school dressed as what they would like to be when they grew up and they had the opportunity to present their ideas, costumes and props to their peers. We talked about the different clubs that the children attended and the varying interests and hobbies that they had and how these could help to influence a future career choice. We also looked at role models and discussed a range of family members, famous people and celebrities that the children were inspired by. After this, the children were able to visit our careers fair with their class.


We had a range of visitors from different agencies and we aimed to cover a wide variety of careers. Our visitors had stalls in the school hall to showcase their work and answer questions from the children about their jobs and lives. These special visitors included: soldiers, police workers, supermarket and shop workers, environmental health, a beautician, musicians, librarians, computing and technology workers and also volunteers from The Samaritans.