PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education

PSHE at Bluecoat...

Our PSHE curriculum allows the children to freely express how they feel and to consider the differing opinions of their peers to understand themselves and to discover the best ways for them to flourish as adults in the future in our ever-changing world.


Bluecoat children:


At Bluecoat we use the SCARF programme to deliver the PSHE curriculum - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship.

SCARF - Our whole school approach focuses on promoting behaviour and wellbeing. These blocks cover relationships, valuing differences, keeping themselves safe, rights and responsibilities, growing and changing and being their best. This scheme includes guidelines on Mental Health and Wellbeing and British Values. Workshops include Personal Development, Internet Safety and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Themes of SCARF are built upon as the children move through the school ensuring age appropriate learning in line with the National Curriculum.

SCARF fulfils statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development and Ofsted inspection criteria for personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Visitors to school help raise the profile of the themes of PSHE and the ethos and values at Bluecoat. Their personal experiences help to inspire our children.


The impact of our PSHE curriculum, including all aspects of whole school life, has seen our pupils:

These things have been evident in class discussions and a raised profile of the PSHE themes across the school. Pupil voice is used across the school to evidence attainment of the children and also to monitor attitudes and opinions. Evidence of the impact of our curriculum is monitored through regular recorded pupil voice sessions.

Early Adopter School

We are proud at Bluecoat to be an Early Adopter School, chosen by the Government to take on the brand new RSHE curriculum from September 2020. This new curriculum combines Relationships, Health and Sex Education across the whole school so that relevant lessons  are being taught to introduce the children to suitable strategies to maintain strong relationships and build on developing their emotional logic throughout the primary phase and into adolescence. The new framework brings an awareness of the modern day changes they will face as they grow and change, and prepares themselves for life as a responsible adult.

A whole-school approach is vital in improving children’s emotional health and wellbeing, helping to keep them safe, improving behaviour and raising achievement, as children's emotional health and wellbeing has a huge impact on their ability to learn. Children are encouraged to talk about their emotions, challenge each other's feelings and nurture a sense of belonging through caring and respecting differences.

With six mini topics that cover each half term, the children all take part in sessions on Valuing Differences, Keeping Myself Safe, Right and Responsibilities, Being my Best, Growing and Changing, Me and My Relationships.

Positive Mental Health

Here at Bluecoat, we believe that promoting positive mental health is just as important as promoting positive physical health.

Throughout the year, we work on developing children's mental health in a range of different ways. Through circle time, PSHE and class discussions, we talk openly about feelings, emotions and mental wellbeing, encouraging children to do the same. 

Each year, we celebrate Mental Health & Wellbeing Week, planning targeted teaching sessions which provide children with the tools they might need to improve their own mental health.

For some excellent resources on supporting children's mental health, have a look at the links below:

RSHE Policy

Bluecoat Take 5

As part of our commitment to developing the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our children we have introduced the Bluecoat Take 5 across the school.  This whole-school approach encourages the children to be aware and in control of their changing emotions and feelings by regularly talking about the things they know can help to keep their minds healthy.  Based on the ways to wellbeing, our children are encouraged to share quality time with their friends, challenge themselves with new and difficult tasks, taking time to relax and noticing things around them in nature.  We believe that healthy and happy minds lead to greater learning success and as a result the Bluecoat Take 5 weaves throughout the whole curriculum to provide the children with daily strategies to perform.  Our children are encouraged to discuss their mental health regularly, and talk freely about their emotions with their friends and the adults in school.  With reflection being an integral part of learning at Bluecoat, the children are aware of different techniques to encourage emotional wellbeing and good mental health.

Positive Touch

At Bluecoat School we believe that every child should be taught to recognise what is positive and appropriate touch. The positive touch programme is part of the Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) which is used across the world and is an evidence-based, child to child, internationally respected peer massage programme. It has been used in the UK since the 1990s and has Scandinavian origins. There are generally very mixed feelings about touch and a study was carried out in the 1960s to observe couples from a range of backgrounds and countries in a cafe setting to see how often they touched each other during conversation; incidental gestures such as a pat on the back or touch of the hand. The results were remarkable. Couples from Puerto Rico touched each other 180 times over the hour of conversation whilst those in London averaged zero times over the hour.

Here at Bluecoat, we facilitate weekly sessions for children up to year 3. Positive Touch is only carried out within set times, within a trained situation and over clothes. Parental consent is required prior to any child participating in the programme and they are invited to an information session soon after their child starts at the school.  The pupils are required to give and receive consent before beginning massage and this is central to the foundations of the Massage in Schools Programme. 

The programme is a set of 15 moves that are used as an anti-bullying strategy. The children are taught each move by a trained Positive Touch practitioner. The children are partnered up and the massage only takes place child to child and never with an adult whilst calming music is played. Children may opt out at any time. 

Research shows that there are lasting, positive outcomes for children who are involved in the MISP regularly, impacting on their well-being and preparation for learning.


Please download the leaflet below to find out more details:

Positive Touch Booklet