PHSE, Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)

At Gainsborough we have created a curriculum with the aim that our children will be respectful, responsible and able to effectively co-operate with others. They learn to have good manners, share, take turns and understand the need for rules and conventions within school.

According to the Department for Education:

‘Schools should 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. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of SMSC’.

To enhance and delivery our curriculum Gainsborough utilise both the My Happy Mind scheme of work and No Outsiders.  Our aim is to foster pupil wellbeing, develop resilience and character that are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society.  Gainsborough achieved the AcSEED accreditation for the work completed to support Emotional Wellbeing in school.  The Personal, Social and Health education (PHSE) curriculum brings together citizenship with personal well-being, whilst promoting fundamental British values alongside out core values.  The curriculum has been designed to develop the whole child and to meet the needs of all pupils, including disadvantaged pupil and those with SEND.  Lessons are designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through the lessons, children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society therefore supporting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to improve the children’s capital culture and understanding of the world.

As a result of school closures due to the recent pandemic, we prioritise the teaching of missed content to ensure that our pupils can make sense of work that comes later on in the curriculum, including key knowledge, skills, vocabulary and links between concepts.  This forms part of the school’s Recovery Curriculum.

In Citizenship we will ensure pupils develop a secure knowledge of key concepts which are important to future learnings, such as rights and responsibilitis, democracy and community, as these will be the most important for future study.

In RSE we will prioritise topics to support pupils to re-engage with their peers in school, such as mental wellbeing, physical health and fitness, respectful relationships and being safe. Some of our content reflects risks which may have increased over the pandemic, such as on-line exploitation, abuse and grooming. All content will remain age appropriate and be taught clearly but sensitively. 


Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School - Intent, Implementation and Impact



At Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School, we have created our curriculum with the aim that children will be respectful, responsible and able to effectively co-operate with others.

PHSE will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Encourages the values of respect, responsibility, tolerance and compassion in supporting children to grow into mature young people.
  • Celebrates the cultural diversity of the community that we live in.
  • Promotes our school rules of ‘Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Respectful’.
  • Enables children to contribute to the life of the school and wider community.
  • Meets the needs of all learners, as it is embedded in everything that we do.
  • Promotes British Values.



The development of our spiritual, moral, social, cultural education and British values is a key aspect of our school curriculum and is threaded through our school ethos and daily life. Children have the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they impact on people’s lives through our carefully planned curriculum and the provision of enrichment experiences.

At Gainsborough, Values are modelled in everything we do and say; PHSE is taught across every subject in the school.  In addition, some elements of our PHSE curriculum are taught explicitly. The curriculum has a bespoke yearly overview in which each of the values are intertwined. It ensures that children are taught about:

  • Online safety, road safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying and the impact of recycling on the environment
  • Emotional intelligence and character education, through the SUMO programme
  • RSE; through a carefully planned and sequential curriculum.
  • Being respectful and reflective about their own beliefs, and those of others locally, nationally and globally and having an appreciation of diversity
  • Recognising right and wrong and understanding the consequences of their actions, and respecting the law
  • Using social skills in a range of situations
  • Helping others in the wider and immediate community
  • The principles of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance of others (British Values)
  • Having an appreciation that there are many cultures, all of which are shaped by others and which continuously develop and interlink in modern Britain.

Our curriculum also ensures that pupils have the opportunities to experience and take part in a range of cultural activities, such as sport, drama, art, dance and music.



  • Through implementing the PHSE curriculum all our children are given life skills and knowledge to succeed in life.
  • They are able to appreciate diversity and different cultural influences and have a respect for their own and others cultures and differences
  • Children leave the school with the confidence and ability to make their own decisions and reach their potential
  • Children are encouraged to actively take part in a number of fundraising events, in order to raise money for a number of different charities.




Our children are actively encouraged to take part in fundraising events, as we believe that donating to charities shows them, that from a young age they can make positive changes in the world.

These are just a few of the charities that we have supported over the last two years:

  • Cheshire Down Syndrome Support Group
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Charity
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Blue Cross Animal Charity
  • Sports Relief
  • Children in Need
  • Australian Wildlife Fund
  • Make A Wish
  • Comic Relief
  • Macmillan 



Gainsborough is currently helping children to understand the importance of recycling and the positive impact that this has on our environment. We currently have four junior recycling officers who promote the 3R’s: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ throughout the school. Inside school, we have also created two recycling stations.

Presently we are collecting postage stamps to support ‘Knitted Knockers’, a charity which raises money for ladies who have had mastectomies. We are also collecting empty crisp bags to raise money for the animals at Chester Zoo and spectacles for ‘Vision Aid’ charity.



Gainsborough is committed to promoting emotional intelligence and character education through the implementation of the SUMO4Schools programme. SUMO is delivered through six principles, each focusing on different skills, but together forming a positive, motivated and creative way of thinking, in order to help children, develop skills for life.



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