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PSHE & RSE at St Mark’s


Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlines in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. 

The National Curriculum



Key concepts and big ideas

  • Healthy body and mind
  • Positive relationships and consent
  • Our role in society



The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


"Children are more likely to feel empowered and safe from harm if they have healthy friendships, treat others with kindness and respect and are prepared for puberty. They need to understand the effects of drugs and alcohol and know how to use the internet responsibly."

"As soon as children become curious about the world, they should be able to turn to the adults around them who feel equipped to respond in a positive and confident manner, with the facts, so that we normalise experiences of healthy relationships (including those with friends and family) both off and online, from an early age. To do otherwise is to risk keeping children ignorant of the facts, instead relying on potentially unreliable sources of information from friends or online."


"It is important to dispel the myth that RSE can encourage early sexual activity. Research has consistently shown that children who have received good quality RSE are less likely to contract and STI, to have an early unplanned pregnancy and are more likely to start having sex at an older age and use contraception."


 Harriet Gill, Managing Director of Education & Wellbeing at Coram



At St Mark's CE Primary School we use the SCARF scheme of work to develop the physical, emotional and social health resilience of our children. The encourages and allows the individuals to thrive, achieve and grow. SCARF ensures that all aspects of PSHE and Citizenship are covered throughout the school through age appropriate lessons and by addressing a range of topics, for example: anti bullying, managing risk, sex education, drug misuse, managing money and dealing with emotions. The programme also provides opportunities to develop SMSC and British Values. 


SCARF is split into six units of work: Me and my relationships, Valuing differences, Keeping myself safe, Rights and Responsibilities, Being my best and Growing and changes.



Our PSHE curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils, supports the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and promotes British values. It aims to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 




We take every opportunity to enhance our curriculum by visitors coming into school to talk to the children:

  • NSPCC – to talk to all children about keeping safe
  • Escapeline - to work with years 5 & 6 to educate about County Line & CSE 
  • School Nurse – keeping healthy, puberty
  • Local Clergy
  • CEOPS - Online Safety
  • Police 
  • Fire Brigade
  • Coastguard


PSHE Curriculum Coverage 2023-24

SCARF Key Themes in each unit