P.S.H.E stands for personal, social, health and economic education. As a school, we follow the Cambridgeshire PHSE scheme of work.  We teach PHSE lessons to the children regularly, but also link PHSE into lots of other areas of the curriculum.

As part of our PSHE programme we teach Relationships and Health Education, which has now become a statutory part of the curriculum. Please find information regarding this, including our policy, below.

Please see DFE Statutory guidance to schools click here

Documents applicable for Primary please click here


At Mercenfeld, our well-planned PSHE 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 PSHE 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, PSHE must also be taught incidentally and teachers must be flexible and respond to pupils’ needs and current world affairs. It is also important that PSHE is taught in other areas of the curriculum, not just as discrete lessons.


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 PSHE lessons will be measured by:

  • Looking at evidence of pupils’ work (work will mainly be recorded in Class Big Books)
  • Pupil voice ( PSHE lead to interview the children termly about their learning)
  • Self-assessment, pre-unit and end of unit assessments
  • 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 PSHE skills in other subjects and situations they are faced with