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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

PSHE is perhaps the most important part of our curriculum as we support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.

Our PSHE education is part of a whole school approach which promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community.

The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

Please see our PHSE Explained page in our Parents section for further information.



A New Initiative For Children’s Mental Health Week


Highgate Primary School will be participating in the first ever Inside Out Day for Children’s Mental Health Week, which will take place on Thursday 6 February 2020.

Inside Out Day calls for children and adults alike to wear an item of clothing ’Inside Out’ to help us all to stop and think about how appearances can be deceptive – someone may look fine on the outside but inside they may be feeling sad or worried.

The aim of Inside Out Day is to remind everyone to always be kind and think of others, as no one knows how another person may be feeling. This new initiative is also a meaningful way to engage pupils in discussions around emotional wellbeing.

I hope that you will show your support by encouraging your child to wear an item of clothing inside out – and hopefully do the same yourself – and by reminding them that talking about mental health is an important thing to do.

Inside Out Day is about raising awareness rather than raising money, but anyone can make an optional donation to a charity which supports emotional wellbeing amongst young people. There will also be collection buckets available in school on the day and we suggest a voluntary contribution of £1 per child.

Thank you in advance for supporting this event, which brings the topic of mental health to the forefront, resulting in positive and open discussion amongst the children.