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.

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

  • The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is: ‘Choose Respect’ and Anti-Bullying Week runs from 12th – 16th  November
  • We will hold Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week again on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week (12th  November) 

The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying.

Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

  • The definition of respect
  • That bullying is a behaviour choice
  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online


Please click on the links below for more:

The Journey of Love workshop

The Journey of Love workshop for parents was a great success, please visit the links for more information.

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.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.

 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 2017 

Anti – bullying week was held from the 13th – 17th of November. 

Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. The theme this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’.

This Anti-Bullying Week we want to:

  • Empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
  • Help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying
  • Encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality
  • Enable teachers and other children’s workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality. Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves.

There were lots of activities throughout the week and assemblies, have a look at some of the posters pupils made to get their anti-bullying message across as well as Ms Akpojotor delivering a clear and strong message through a assembly to pupils.  One of the activities centred around anti bullying week 2017 were pupils and staff  wear odd socks, to celebrate all being different and equal.

To learn more about the theme to this years Anti-Bullying week please click on the link provided  Anti-Bullying week 2017 

Our Nation mini enterprise

Year 5 had a world of work experience with Our Nation mini enterprise. They 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.

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.