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Shortbrook Primary School

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At Shortbrook Primary School, it is our intention that children receive high-quality Health and Well-being lessons that enable them to be healthy, kind, responsible and independent members of society. We follow our own scheme for PSHE and Citizenship which incorporates the DfE Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), alongside the Sheffield Primary RSHE curriculum. We aim to help our pupils to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. 

We provide opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society, tailored to our specific children's needs and life experiences. Our children need to be able to understand and empathise with a range of emotions and have the skills to cope and support each other as they grow up in a changing world. We want them to be confident in themselves, empowered in the understanding that they know who they are, what makes them special and the importance of celebrating differences. They need to feel prepared to navigate through life and face challenges with knowledge, confidence and resilience - keeping safe in their choices and knowing who or where they can go to for support if needed.

Our school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognsie the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom and understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subject to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly or illegally influence them. We embrace the British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Sex education is taught at Shortbrook by class teachers in Year 5 after consultation with parents.


The RSHE curriculum further develops children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC). Children are taught to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. At Shortbrook the curriculum covers learning under three main themes. 'Relationship' topics are taught in the Autumn term, 'living in the wider world' topics are taught in the spring term and 'health and wellbeing' topics are taught in the summer term. These themes run across school ensuring specific learning builds for pupils as they move through the school, gradually increasing and deepening their knoweldge, skills and attributes with prior learning revisited, consolidated and extended. Alongside PSHE and SEAL this is a progressive curriculum that meets the needs of our pupils as well as meeting the requirements of the statutory guidance.

The role of democracy and the democratic process is explored in depth to ensure all Shortbrook pupils leave us with a good understanding of how this impacts daily life through voting for school representatives such as school council. Pupils develop skills and attributes in these areas that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


By the time our pupils leave us they will:

  • Develop strategies for supporting their own mental wellbeing and start to recognise if they need support.
  • Have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.
  • Take responsibility for their actions
  • Have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop good relationships
  • Appreciate being a part of a diverse, multicultural society.
  • Demonstrate and apply the British Values
  • Be on their journey for life and work in modern Britain.
  • Be equipped with the skills and attributes to reach their full potential.

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