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Easington Colliery

Personal Development (PSHE + RSHE)


To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Our aim is that, through RSHE teaching, pupils at ECPS will be able to put this knowledge into practice, as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks and challenges.

Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. High quality teaching of RSHE can support our pupils to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.


At Easington Colliery Primary School, we teach RSHE weekly in all classes, across the school. We teach the objectives in an age appropriate, progressive way, to allow for sticky learning, as pupils revisit the objectives throughout their time at ECPS. 


The themes progression is outlined below:



There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education.  Parents do have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education, delivered as part of statutory RSHE.  This is only taught in Y6, by health professionals, and parents are given an opportunity to ‘opt out’, prior to the sessions.

Personal Development

Personal Development is the conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills. Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Personal Development underpins our whole curriculum offer.  All subjects feed into shared curriculum drivers, which has the development of pupil character and aspiration at the heart.  Our ‘Personal Development Tree’ is a representation of how our drivers (roots), inform our curriculum and extra-curricular offer (the trunk), which feeds into how our pupils develop and the characteristics they gain, by the time the leave our school, in Year 6 (the leaves).



Easington Colliery Primary School is a ‘Happy Centred School’.  This means that our teachers have an enhanced understanding of how to model happy behaviours and create a culture and ethos that is about happiness, emotional intelligence and resilience.  Our PSHE (Happy Schools) curriculum is designed to help our children improve their confidence, focus, positivity, and happiness,  and also builds in time to learn to support ourselves AND each other, emotionally.

Being a ‘Happy Centred School’ doesn’t mean that we are learning to be happy all of the time.  Instead, we want our pupils to learn how to be ‘ok’ when we are not happy.  We learn how to fulfil our true potential and be the BEST version of ourselves!


Our Happy School PSHE learning is taught under the six themes:

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Achievement & Successes

Positive Relationships




Class discussions around

‘Things that Matter’

What makes me amazing?

What do I want to be in the future?

You are a good friend because…

(write it about someone else)

Who supports me?

What helps me to cope?

(Informed by assembly)


We also make the most of opportunities to collectively celebrate, discuss and ‘worship’.  The assembly timetable is flexible in each classroom but must contain key focus areas.  An example of this is below…







Topical/ Event Assembly

(In class or full key stage)

Thought of the Day

(Class teacher)

Picture News

(Class teacher)

Thought of the Day

(Class teacher)

Celebration Assembly

(Full key stage – DHT)