What does it stand for?

PSHE: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education 

RSE: Relationships and Sex Education

Vision Statement

At The Clare School our PSHE curriculum encompasses Relationship Education at Key Stage 1 and 2, Relationship and Sex Education at Key Stage 3 and 4 and Health Education across all phases. It provides our children with the personal and social skills they need, to enable them to grow up ‘Happy, Healthy and Safe celebrating their successes, maintaining the many different relationships they will encounter and equipping them for the lives they lead.

We as a school have taken the decision to re-name this curriculum area as ‘Happy, Healthy and Safe’  because we feel this is easier for our learners to understand and incorporates both PSHE and RSE.


At The Clare School we want our learners to go on to live ‘Happy, Healthy, Safe’ and successful lives in their wider communities.  We want them to leave our school as rounded young adults, ready to meet the next phase in their lives, whatever that may be. We also recognise that many of our pupils are vulnerable and will need support in engaging in and developing an understanding of learning experiences within the wider world. 

The aims of our PSHE/RSE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Relationships and Sex Education – sometimes referred to as RHSE – Relationships, Health and Sex Education) curriculum is to support our young people to: 

  • Be able to communicate and interact effectively with others
  • Understand their bodies and emotions and how to promote their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Form and sustain positive, healthy relationships and to recognise when a relationship is not healthy and where they can seek support

The three main strands of ‘Happy, Healthy and Safe’ run throughout the school from Early Years Foundation Stage up to Sixth Form and learners will continually develop their knowledge and skills every year.

In Key Stage 5 students undertake accredited ASDAN courses in Personal and Social Development as well as the TITAN Ready to go and Foundation programmes. These provide real life scenarios, discussion points and challenges in which to apply knowledge and skills in practical ways.


Those that attend The Clare School learn in a variety of ways and teachers will use a range of strategies to cover the curriculum for ‘Happy, Healthy and Safe’ referred to as ‘HHS’ hereafter. There is a long term plan detailed below which provides an overview of the content to be covered for each year group within a rolling programme suited to each Key Stage. The coverage follows this half termly approach:

Autumn 1 – Happy

Autumn 2 – Healthy

Spring 1 – Safe

Spring 2 – Happy

Summer 1 – Healthy

Summer 2 – Safe

Coverage of the curriculum will be appropriate for all learners whether within pre-formal, semi-formal or formal, and this is essential to understanding that not every learner will cover everything. The joy of HHS is that it can be tailored to meet the very individual needs of our students and repetition of key elements is important to support the development of being happy, healthy and safe.

The most effective PSHE teaching model is one that is sequenced and spiral in nature that builds on prior learning as pupils progress through school. 

At our school, HHS occurs in 3 main routes:

  1. Continuous provision – these are the elements of HHS which occur daily within each individual class routines e.g – personal care, lunchtime routines or when using technology within different lessons.
  2. Discrete lessons – Government guidance recommends students have 1 hour a week for covering the HHS curriculum. All classes in KS 1 – 4 have discrete timetabled HHS lessons each week.
  3. Bespoke sessions – These are sessions which are tailored to suit individuals or very small groups of students as appropriate to their needs e.g specific on-line safety related to social media.

Alongside these 3 main routes, we also have special focus days, community visits and visitors that come into school that enhance and support the coverage as appropriate throughout the academic year.

For further details in regards to PSHE and RSE  please see the link below to our ‘PSHE and RSE’ policy.

Information, Advice and Guidance

Please see below for additional information, advice and guidance. This includes the presentation that we held with parents/carers earlier this year.