Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education at Mercenfeld


At Mercenfeld, our well-planned PSHCE curriculum is designed to equip all of our pupils for the real world and to meet all of our pupils’ needs. We want our children to have high aspirations; a strong belief in themselves and to realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it:

What do we want for our pupils?

  • To develop a confidence in sharing their own thoughts and opinions with others
  • To show tolerance of others’ beliefs and life choices
  • To develop skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe
  • To develop an attitude of a responsible citizen
  • To build positive, respectful relationships with other people


Our PSHCE curriculum builds on prior learning by following the progressive frameworks outlined in the Cambridgeshire PSHCE scheme of work. The scheme of work covers the following strands:

  • Myself and My Relationships
  • Healthy and Safer Lifestyles
  • Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing.

This scheme of work has been amended and adapted to ensure that it meets the needs of all of our pupils at Mercenfeld. It has been timetabled carefully, so that it links to events such as Anti-Bullying week, World Mental Health day and Healthy Eating week. Time has been taken to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are being covered across both key stages and that they are being taught at an age-appropriate level.

Although regular time-tabled sessions will be a necessity, PSHCE must also be taught incidentally and teachers must be flexible and respond to pupils’ needs and current world affairs. It is also important that PSHCE is taught in other areas of the curriculum, not just as a discrete lesson. Routes to resilience and celebration assemblies will also support the teaching of PSHCE across the school.


The impact of our curriculum will not only be seen in pupils’ work but by looking at the type of people our pupils become. Our pupils will become confident, tolerant, independent and well-rounded individuals who are prepared for life and for their next steps. We want our children to be able to approach a range of real -life situations with confidence and to apply their skills when navigating themselves through modern life.

The impact of PSHCE lessons will be measured by:

  • Looking at evidence of pupils’ work (each teacher will collect evidence in a PSHCE folder e.g. keep one example of a child’s work after each lesson)
  • Pupil voice ( PSHCE lead to interview the children termly about their learning)
  • Self-assessment (children to complete regular questionnaires and self-assessment activities)
  • Looking at achievements of pupils both in and outside of school
  • Celebration assemblies – how has the children’s behaviour/learning behaviour improved? What have they achieved this year that they have struggled with before? What have they achieved outside of school?
  • How children apply their PSHCE skills in other subjects and situations they are faced with.