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Statement of Intent


At St Teresa's we believe that PSHE education equips children to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.   
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping children to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.


We hope that our PHSE curriculum will offer children:

  • accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge 
  • opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding  
  • opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities 
  • the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
  • opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy 


At St.Teresa's we use a range of approaches for delivering PSHE - our Fully Alive scheme looks at relationships with others, Mind Fitness teaches pupils about emotions and mental health, weekly Reflective Mentoring sessions allow pupils the opportunity to discuss local, global and personal issues with a member of staff and their peers.  A school-wide Restorative Justice approach to behaviour ensures that everyone understands their responsibility when making choices and the impact of our actions on others; it teaches about Responsibility, Respect, Repair and Reconciliation.  More details are available on our dedicated pages - see links below.