Devon Hospitals Short Stay School



PSHE Subject Lead: Jane Adcock


Guidance from the government states that:

‘Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice. We expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.’

‘Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on; drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.’


The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all, and that will maximise the outcomes for every child. PSHE is embedded in all that we do to enable our pupils to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society.

 Our aim is to support the development of the ‘whole child’, by helping them to understand how they are developing personally and socially as well as promoting their social, mental and physical development. Children will be able to develop the ability to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

We intend to listen to the voice of the pupil and shape lessons and experiences to fit need.


Through our discreet lessons as well as wider cross curricular approach to teaching PSHE, pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally, resulting in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables them to access the wider curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to form positive relationships with others, to respect differences of opinion and have the freedom to express their own.

Pupils are encouraged to engage with the wider community through acceptance and engagement with visitors and whenever possible will undertake trips out into the local environment.

The students’ voice is captured through regular questionnaires and the day-to-day intimacy of teaching in small groups where individuals have the opportunity to express themselves freely.


Pupils will be better equipped to understand themselves and others and how they fit into the world around them and as such be able to make safe and informed decisions.  They will be better able to tackle problems that they face in day-to-day life with increasing resilience and independence. They will develop a sense of self worth and confidence and be able to express themselves socially.