Curriculum Leader: Ashley Griffith

The PSHE curriculum at Arbour Vale School intends to develop the whole child. This is delivered through carefully planned and resourced lessons that progress the knowledge, skills and attributes pupils need to develop in their wellbeing. The curriculum is guided by the PSHE Association to meet the specific needs of students with SEND and align with the 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements.

Class environments enable pupils to feel safe and secure; able to communicate through their preferred means of communication and recognise who they can approach for help or support. Through a consistent approach pupils learn to recognise their emotions, progressing through learning to regulate these and ultimately using their understanding to empathise and apply this knowledge to their everyday interactions, from the classroom to the wider community.

The PSHE curriculum is structured across different phases, offering a variety of thematic units that give students regular opportunities to learn about self-care, maintaining their well-being, recognising potential risks, and fostering positive relationships that contribute to their social, moral, spiritual, and cultural growth.

Central to fostering a sense of community and belonging among students are whole-school events organised through themed days or weeks. This approach allows for flexibility in the curriculum to address the evolving PSHE needs of the students.

In essence, the curriculum establishes a coherent whole-school strategy that has a positive impact on students, equipping them with fundamental life skills.

Early Years

In the Early Years phase, PSHE is taught in alignment with the Birth to 5 requirements within the Personal, Social and Emotional Development strand.


The Primary phase is structured around thematic units integrated into a comprehensive 4-year rotating programme. These units are delivered using a multi-sensory approach, enabling students to build upon their existing knowledge and experiences.


The Secondary phase follows a detailed 5-year rotating programme comprising thematic units. Students have the opportunity to revisit and expand upon previous learning, delving into the core principles of PSHE education at a level appropriate for their age and developmental stage.


For students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), PSHE is delivered through lessons that focus on promoting Social and Emotional Skills, Life Skills, Independence, Physical Development, as well as Communication and Interaction.


In the Post-16 phase, PSHE is structured around mapped units linked to the Life Skills curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage.