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Highfields Primary School

PSHE Values and Curriculum Intent at Highfields

PSHE  Curriculum Intent

At Highfields, our aim is to provide a rich engaging PSHE curriculum that is mapped to national standards. We do this by using the SCARF Programme from Coram Life Education (CLE) and employing an excellent level of teaching staff who provide to the children who supply engaging and interesting lessons. PSHE is a popular subject amongst students because they explore real life issues of direct relevance to them and participate in active debate.
Our aspiration is that we aim for our children to be able to understand why they are being taught PSHE and be able to talk about their PSHE teaching - for example:
“When we are taught PSHE, Harold the Giraffe and his SCARF helps teach us lessons about Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship. We learn about PSHE in Reception to Year 6 and think about the health of our minds and bodies, relationships and living in the wider world.”



PSHE Intent at Highfields

PSHE at Highfields

Although PSHE was not specifically mentioned in the report it was clear from the comments made that the  values and learning fromm PSHE were in evidence across the school. (Ofsted rated Highfields outstanding)


In July 2016 OFSTED found that in Highfields...

  • Compassion is one of the key values of the school.
  • Compassion underpins the way that adults approach their duty of care to pupils and is a distinctive feature of relationships at Highfields.
  • Pupils are clear that they can approach any adult if they have any worries. They are rightly confident that support is in place to help them resolve issues that might arise.
  •  Each pupil spoken to explained that they were happy and safe at school. Pupils said that ‘bullying is not something we are used to here’.
  • Every one of the parents who responded on Parent View agreed that their child is safe and happy.
  • Pupils are very courteous, polite and mix together extremely well. They move around the well-maintained school corridors cheerfully and maturely.
  • At break and lunchtime they make energetic use of the well-supervised school grounds. 
  • Topics are well chosen to enable pupils to delve deeply into differing cultures from Britain and around the world. Pupils talk with confidence about how this information is helping them to ‘understand what other people experience’ and ‘to respect different cultures’.
  • The curriculum is vibrantly enriched by a wide range of opportunities for pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. One pupil explained that ‘we have lots of chances here’. 
  • Through skilful encouragement, a key stage 2 pupil was able to speak enthusiastically and confidently about the ‘unifying effect of the equal rights movement’ in 20th century America.
  • ‚ÄčThrough taught lessons, visiting speakers and special assemblies, pupils are able to develop strategies to keep safe in a variety of settings. For example, pupils explained how to keep safe online or near water, roads or rail.




British Values at Highfields Primary School


In The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on

all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by previous Prime Ministers Secretaries of State for Education.

These values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British Values and to ensure their pupils leave school fully prepared for life in Modern Britain.