Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship

In English Martyrs’, our vision is to provide high quality, planned curricular provision for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship to promote children and young people’s personal development and well-being and to embed work-related learning activities in all key stages. In so doing, we will contribute to enabling our children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

This will be achieved through:

  • Developing confidence, responsibility and making the most of individuals’ abilities;
  • developing a healthier, safer lifestyle;
  • Preparing to play an active role as citizens;
  • Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.

The school is currently using a flexible planning model which allows for cross curricular links based on The Social, Emotional Aspect of Learning (SEAL), rolling programmes for Sex Relationship Education (SRE) and   Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education (DATe). The long term aim is the have a PSHE framework that underpins the broader curriculum.

Other aspects of PHSE

Other aspects of PHSE such as British values are deeply rooted in the school’s core values. These are shared, celebrated and developed through timetabled weekly assemblies.  Opportunities for cross curriculum opportunities are now being developed across the school.

Please see below our Deputy Head – Ms Akpojotor collecting our Bronze award for healthy schools.


The following link offers useful and informative information to parents and carers on this subject. This information is provided by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

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PSHE journey 2016 -17

Autumn term

At the beginning of every term, we use a whole text with a powerful PSHE theme that would then underpin the curriculum and our learning. The book for the autumn term was Oh No George by the renowned author -Chris Haughton.  The book is about George who is a dog with all the best intentions. His owner, Harry, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day. Did George live up to his expectations?

The children explored themes like responsibility and consequences of actions as well as learning to keep your word. They wrote narratives, letters; as well as some wonderful art pieces.

It was a huge success!

Road Safety

Year 3 had Road safety sessions provided by Southwark council, this is an annual project to ensure that our pupils are aware of keeping both themselves and others safe on the road.

Anti – bullying week

Anti – bullying week was held from the 14th – 18th of November. The theme was ‘Using Your Power For Good’
See some of the children’ work.

Our Nation mini enterprise

Year 5 had a world of work experience with Our Nation mini enterprise. This autumn, Year 5 took part in the Young Enterprise project ‘Our Nation’ which was funded by Goldman Sachs. Our Nation is a fun, informative day using games and discussions to take students through the businesses which comprise the UK, focusing on the supply chain and business communication.

There is an overview of Our Nation attached here.

On Sudden Hill

Our PSHE book for this spring, is On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies.

Birt and Etho are best friends; they play on Sudden Hill, making marvellous contraptions out of cardboard boxes. But then a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too. Birt isn’t sure that he wants Shu to join them. Eaten up with jealousy, he goes home and refuses to come out to play. Until Etho and Shu come to his house with the most marvellous cardboard contraption so far…

This is a compelling story about accepting someone new, from the Benji Davies, the bestselling illustrator of The Storm Whale”. We have some eye catching displays in both our buildings.

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education & sex and relationship education Lessons this Spring Term

In line with national Government guidelines, we will be delivering sex and relationships education in the spring term; Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education lessons in the summer term. The lessons will be age appropriate and taught from Reception through to Year 6; children will therefore build on their knowledge gradually throughout their time at school. Each class will receive at least 3 lessons taught by the class teacher. These lessons will focus on aspects of sex and relationships education which are featured in best practice government guidance and include aspects of the statutory Science curriculum.

Reception & Year 1: Medicine and people who help us

  • Staying Healthy
  • Medicines
  • Who gives us medicines

Year 2: Keeping Safe

  • Risk Hazardous Substances
  • Safety Rules

Year 3: Smoking

  • Why People Smoke
  • Physical Effects of Smoking
  • No Smoking

Year 4: Alcohol

  • Effects of Alcohol
  • Alcohol and Risk
  • Limits to Drinking Alcohol

Year 5: Legal and Illegal Drugs

  • Legal and Illegal Drugs
  • Attitudes to Drugs
  • Peer Pressure

Year 6: Preventing Early Use

  • Cannabis
  • VSA and Getting Help
  • Help, Advice and Support

One of the school’s main duties is to keep children safe and these lessons will help us to achieve this in a sensitive manner. Our Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education Policy outlines why we feel Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education is an important part of our PSHE curriculum.  Our Assemblies this term as always focuses on upholding our school values which are intrinsically embedded in the British Values.

Assembly Timetables