Hagbourne CofE Primary School

'Be the best you can be'


RSHE provides a framework through which key skills, attributes and knowledge can be developed and applied. This promotes positive behaviour, good mental health and wellbeing, resilience and achievement, helping children to stay safe online, develop healthy and safe relationships, making sense of media messages, challenging extreme views and having the skills and attributes to negotiate and assert themselves now and in the future. It is a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. It does not promote sexual activity.


Our school’s provision supports the school’s aims of developing confident citizens and successful learners who are creative, resilient, able to identify and solve problems and are prepared for the next step in their future. The social and emotional development of pupils is embedded throughout the entire school’s curriculum and culture and is taught through our school values of: care, courage, respect and responsibility. This is woven into school assemblies, the behaviour policy and is embedded across the curriculum and into daily life. 

We have a planned thematic RSHE program, built around a spiral curriculum of recurring themes, designed to:

  1. Give pupils the knowledge and develop the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions;
  2. Encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness;
  3. Enable pupils to make sense of their own personal and social experiences;
  4. Promote responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle;
  5. Enable effective interpersonal relationships and develop a caring attitude towards others;
  6. Encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment;
  7. Help our pupils understand and manage their feelings, build resilience and be independent, curious problem solvers;
  8. Understand how society works and the laws, rights and responsibilities involved.


We know there is a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social and Health education are critical to ensuring children are effective learners.


SCARF is one of the programmes we use to support our delivery of RSHE. It covers all of the DfE's new statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education, including non-statutory Sex Education, and the RSHE Association’s Programme of Study’s recommended learning opportunities, as well as contributing to different subject areas in the National Curriculum



KiVa is another program we use to teach RSHE. It is an anti-bullying program that has been developed at the University of Turku, Finland, with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The program is research-based which means that the effectiveness of KiVa has been proven scientifically. The Kiva program aims to:

  • Decrease the amount of bullying cases
  • Intervene in on-going bullying
  • Promote students’ well-being, their liking for school and academic motivation
  • Reduce anxiety and depression and improves students’ perception of the school climate
  • Make the school a safer place for all students