The PSHCE Coordinator is Mr Henderson.

 PSHE policy.docx

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development


At St Helen’s Primary School we take a whole school approach to the promotion of childrens spiritual, moral, social and cultural education as we recognise that it plays a significant role in childrens ability to learn and achieve.

We aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • A positive and caring attitude towards other people
  • An understanding, appreciation and respect of different cultures and beliefs
  • A healthy approach to life which promotes both physical and emotional well-being
  • High standards of personal behaviour


Development of SMSC is supported through the curriculum, assemblies, behaviour policy, educational visits and enrichment events and learning about places, both locally and in contrasting setting.


Spiritual Development

Pupils spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of lifes fundamental questions.

Moral Development

Pupils moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong, a conern for others and the will to do what is right. They are able and willing to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualtities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them.

Social Development

Pupils social development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being a member of a community (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to make an active contribution to the communities.

Cultural Development

Pupils cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions. They acquire a respect fpr different cultures and beliefs and an interest in others ways of doing things and curiousity about differences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need ti understand and appreciate cultures.




St Helen’s Primary School

Promoting British Values


The Department of Education has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, invidiual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’

The government set out its definition of British values and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At St Helen’s Primary School we suppot this view of British society. The examples below indicate some examples of ways we seek to embed British values at St Helens Primary School.


We have an elected School Council.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.


Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council as well as pupil questionnaires.


Democracy is also promoted through PSHE lessons, circle time and assemblies. 


We encourage volunteerism from pupils.  This includes things like dinner hall monitors and corridor monitors and also raising money for local and national charities. 


The Rule of Law

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘Star of the Week’ and ‘Attitude of the Week’ awards.


Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.


The local police officers/PSCOs and magistrates visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.


Individual Liberty

Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.

Through our school values and PSHE, children are taught about thing such as personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc. both in and outside of school, for example, through after school clubs such as art and craft.


Mutual Respect

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.


Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is sometimes displayed in the classrooms or around the school.


Visits are made by local religious speakers and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.