The aims of Highcliffe’s PSHE curriculum are to support pupils’ mental health and wellbeing by teaching them about:

  • keeping themselves and others safe both in the real world and online
  • healthy food and active lifestyle choices
  • identifying and managing their emotions
  • rules and the importance of them in wider society
  • Anti-bullying
  • British Values
  • economic welbeing
  • relationships with family and friends
  • drug safety
  • human reproduction and puberty

We follow the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work, which covers all of the above themes in an age-appropriate way and it is recommended by the PSHE Association.


In addition to the Cambridgeshire Scheme, we also teach the following themes:


R Time

R time is a structured programme that builds and enhances relationships for children from Early Years to the end of Primary School.

  • It builds respectful relationships and good manners.
  • It enables children to develop lifelong social skills.
  • It reduces bullying.
  • It improves behaviour.
  • There is no educational challenge in any of the activities. They are purely designed to foster and develop pupil relationships
  • Children learn to understand and value differences and things in common; and respect the rights of others to have beliefs and values which are different from their own.


NSPCC Underwear Rule (PANTS)

During these discussions we will aim to teach our pupils the following important safety skills without giving explicit information or telling scary stories. We will be teaching our pupils how to stay safe by learning the PANTS rules, which the NSPCC have developed to be like a Green Cross Code for staying safe from sexual abuse. PANTS stands for:

  • Privates are private.
  • Always remember your body belongs to you.
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you.
  • Speak up; someone can help.

The lessons will introduce a range of ideas, all delivered in a way that’s fully age-appropriate, empowering pupils without using any frightening words.

These include:

  • good and bad touching
  • your child’s right to say no to things that make them feel upset or uncomfortable
  • naming parts of the body
  • who your child can turn to if they ever feel upset or worried.

For more information, (including how to talk with your child about this at home and the lesson plans and resources that will be used in school) please visit the NSPCC website: