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Chawton C.E.

Primary School

'Love, Courage and Fellowship'

Personal Development

Our INTENT is:

 At Chawton CE Primary School, we believe that Personal Development (PSHE – Personal Social Health Education) is a vital part of school life and ultimately the children’s future well-being.


We aim to ensure that children have the knowledge of how to become caring and responsible global citizens.


We aim to build their confidence and equip them with the tools necessary to aim for high ambitions and to have a belief in themselves about what they will become in the future.


Our intention is to:

  • develop the children’s confidence to share their opinions and knowledge with others
  • develop skills to live a safe and healthy lifestyle (including emotional well-being)
  • develop an understanding of having positive and respectful attitudes and the impact of their interaction with others 
  • develop tolerance of others’ diversities and life choices

We IMPLEMENT this through:

Personal Development (PSHE) and HRE ( Health and Relationships education) is taught in EYES, Key Stages 1 and 2.  


At Chawton C of E Primary School, we follow the Heart Smart programme. The programme helps our school to fulfil the statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life as set out in Section 78 of the Education Act 2002.

The statutory focus has three core themes within which there will be a broad overlap and flexibility:

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Relationships

3. Living in the Wider World.


The programme outlines details of content/scheme of work and when each 'topic' is to be taught, it takes into account the year groups.


This is supplemented by the use of 'No Outsiders in Our School' texts to support the understanding of healthy relationships.


As we are a school with mixed year groups, each class uses the lower year group scheme as Cycle A and the upper year group scheme as Cycle B.


Teachers are able to consider how delivery of the content will be made accessible to all pupils, including those with SEND, as the structure of HeartSmart provides a variety of teaching methods (which include film, practical activities, games as well as worksheets).

Personal Development POLICY, including Long Term Plans

The IMPACT of this:

The impact of Personal development should be seen in both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.


The result is that we have a community of children who enjoy participating in a variety of discussions confidently, who demonstrate our school learning dispositions of: collaboration, perseverance, creativity, reflection, enquiry and connection in a variety of contexts in and outside of the classroom.


 The children’s actions throughout the school will demonstrate their learning by making the right choices – how to lead from their heart, when to lead from their hearts, how to process pain, how to hope and how to love others. 


Governors, through the Governor Visit Plan and Subject Leader Reports, evaluate the work of subject leaders in ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning across the school is at least good. They ensure that pupils are ready for transition to secondary school and are equipped with the skills to flourish and succeed as caring individuals.

Progression of Knowledge and Skills (Practical Knowledge)