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Our Curriculum

Personal Development/PSHE

Personal Development

At Hovingham Personal Development is central to everything we do and given the highest priority.

We have one clear purpose: To give our children the best experiences we can.

We are committed to empowering our children to be successful learners so that they can access education successfully. We promote an ethos where everyone feels safe and happy.  

We ‘Aim High’ in everything we do and we do this through our Core Values:  

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We believe:

  • Our pupils will have a voice. This voice will lead our curriculum.
  • As the community around us is forever changing, we will be proactive, responsive and adaptive with our curriculum to meet the needs of our children. 
  • Our curriculum will build on the children's own experiences, skills and knowledge allowing them successfully to transition to life beyond Hovingham.
  • Our children's personal development is paramount: this includes their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development.
  • Our school values of Respect, Tolerance, Creativity, and Perseverance will be woven through our whole curriculum, therefore allowing our children to become active citizens and embrace the Fundamental British Values.

Our values underpin our high expectations for behaviour within school.

At Hovingham, we believe that PSHE should be at the center of everything that we do.
The rationale behind our PSHE curriculum is to prepare children with the knowledge and skills that they need to successfully transition to life beyond/outside of Hovingham Primary so that they can keeps themselves both safe and healthy. Through our PSHE curriculum we will ensure that our children are confident commutators so that they can connect with those around them and express themselves verbally. This will then ensure that they feel listened to, and understood, which will help they feel like a valued member of their community.

We define PSHE as ‘a planned 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’. PSHE Association July 2013

The statutory requirements, as outline by the National Curriculum states that all schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. It must also:

  • Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • Prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life


At Hovingham, our approach to PSHE consists of a comprehensive and developmental programme of teaching and learning, which is delivered in the context of a Healthy School where the health and wellbeing of pupils and of the whole school community are actively promoted. Our PSHE programme has a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships throughout the school. It is central to our values and to achieving our school’s stated aims and objectives.

Our PSHE programme helps pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives now and in the future, as individuals, parents/carers, workers and members of society. It is embedded within the wider learning offered by the school to ensure that pupils experience positive relationships with adults and with each other and feel valued, and that those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community.

The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:

  • accurate 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

PSHE Association July 2013

Within this, the school aims to develop pupils’ understanding of:

  • identity, including personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these
  • relationships, including different types and in different settings
  • a healthy lifestyle, including physically, emotionally and socially
  • a balanced lifestyle, including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet
  • risk, including identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others
  • safety, including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings
  • diversity and equality, in all its forms
  • rights, including the notion of universal human rights, responsibilities including fairness and justice and consent in different contexts
  • change and resilience, the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance
  • power in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes
  • career, including enterprise, employability and economic understanding

From September 2020, the Government has made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools, as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools. At Hovingham, we call this Living and Growing. 

For information regarding Living and Growing, please refer to our Living and Growing policy click here



PSHE Year Overview 2021 - 2022 

PSHE Lesson Non -Negotiables Explained 

PSHE lesson non - negotiables Slides