Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Relationships and Sex Education at Garfield

At Garfield Schools, we believe in developing well-rounded children who are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to enable them to play an active role in society.

We recognise the importance of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education and the role it plays in ensuring our children are healthy, independent, and responsible individuals who are prepared for life beyond our school

Our aim is to develop children fully as:

• Individuals as they focus on their own personal development; believing in themselves, building resilience, developing habits to lead a healthy life.
• Members of families and social communities; understanding how to relate to others and adopt teamwork skills
• Members of economic communities; developing their awareness of the part that they play and how to live responsibly.

Our curriculum builds upon the children’s first stages of learning and development in Early Years through progressive and sequenced topics that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
The curriculum is guided by a Primary Scheme of Work called KAPOW. Lesson plans and resources are tailored by our teachers to meet the individual needs of all children at Garfield, help to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.

KAPOW lesson plans are organised around the Key Areas:

• Health and Wellbeing;
• Family and Relationships;
• Safety and the Changing Body;
• Citizenship

High quality PSHE is not only taught as a specific subject, but embedded in our ethos and Garfield curriculum to ensure children are given wide perspectives to the diverse society that we live in today.


Our PSHE curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the statutory duties of the Relationship Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE) curriculums.

Statutory Guidance:
In 2019 the DfE issued new guidance for schools outlining statutory Relationships Education which became compulsory from September 2020.

The guidance includes Relationships Education for Primary Schools, Relationships and Sex Education for Secondary Schools and Health Education for all schools.

Parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from any part of the statutory curriculum, other than the non-statutory Year 6 Sex Education lesson.