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at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School

At St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society and it is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

At St Wilfrid’s, we recognise the importance of PSHE education and the role it plays in developing our pupils into healthy, independent, and responsible individuals who are prepared for life and work. Our curriculum builds upon the children’s first stages of development in EYFS through progressive and sequenced topics, which revolve around three key themes: relationships, health and wellbeing and living in the wider world. Within the study of PSHE, our children develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

The quality PSHE that not only is taught but embedded in our ethos at St Wilfrid’s through Character Development and ensures children are given wide perspectives to the diverse society that we live in today. Pupils develop fully as:

  • individuals as they focus on their own personal development; believing in themselves, building resilience, developing habits to lead a healthy life.
  • members of families and social communities; understanding how to relate to others and adopt teamwork skills.
  • members of economic communities; developing their awareness of the part that they play and how to live responsibly.

It is essential that we teach PSHE to provide the link between pupils’ health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. We know the value of focusing on promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and achievement will impact their whole education.

Think Equal Funded Programme: Reception

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has committed to the Think Equal programme funding this across reception classes in Greater Manchester. Think Equal started across Greater Manchester in September 2022. St Wilfrid’s CE Reception class started this programme in September 2023, to show commitment to Greater Manchester proven initiates.  

Think Equal is a curriculum-based programme that supports social and emotional development in the early years. It is rooted in mental health and social justice and aims to build a strong foundation for individual and societal progress. The 30-week programme is fully aligned with the early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum and teaches 25 skills and competencies to help children through their Early Childhood Education.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the NHS Mental Health in Education Programme has fully funded the Think Equal programme for every Reception class across Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester's Think Equal project is a UK first in terms of its scale and demonstrates the innovative approach to doing things differently for Greater Manchester. 

Think Equal helps children learn, to:

  • Manage their own emotions and impulsive behaviours
  • Build their confidence and self-esteem
  • Have empathy and show consideration for others
  • Solve problems effectively and learn to resolve conflicts peacefully
  • Build critical thinking skills and make responsible decisions
  • Maintain healthy relationships and learn to collaborate

Our Nursery cohort focus on the SCARF units of Me and My Relationships, Valuing Differences, as per our road map of progression.

Our Reception cohort now follow the Think Equal programme, which has strong links to our scheme, to ensure progression and children are ready for their learning in KS 1.


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