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 ‘PSHE and SMSC ’ are buzz phrases in education and a focus for Ofsted inspections, but what do they actually mean?

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Belmont Junior School uses the 'Jigsaw' scheme of work to deliver the  PSHE curriculum. To find out more anout the scheme, there is a Parents and Carers Leaflet that explains Jigsaw's 'Mindul approach to PSHE. 

You can find out what the children will be learning  in more detail in PSHE by looking at the whole school curriculum overview.

RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education)

In March 2021 we consulted with parents, via an online survey, to gain their views on the now statutory Relationships, Health and Sex Education requirements. The results from this survey are detailed in the powerpoint below, which also highlights where the findings have impacted on our reviewed RSHE policy. The RSHE policy was reviewed following the parent consultation and can be viewed by clicking the following link.
Parent Consultation
PSHE and RSHE Policy
The RSHE curriculum content is included in the whole school curriculum overview.

We have prepared some age appropriate diversity booklists for parents which you can access below
Year 3/4 book list
Year 5/6 book list

You can also find a Parents Guide to RSHE leaflet here and another parent guide explaining what Jigsaw teaches about LGBTQ relationships here.

There is more detailed guidance here on What Primary Schools in England have to teach for statutory Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education from September 2020

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural)

The half termly planners on the 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2


Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.


Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.


Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

 We ensure that whole school assemblies link to SMSC & British Values on a weekly basis, and include enrichment opportunities to further consolidate our children’s understanding of SMSC objectives. For example:

  • United Nations ‘Rights Respecting’ assembly foci
  • ‘Celebrating Black Excellence’ workshops
  • Anti-bullying and Inclusion themed learning week
  • Go givers ‘Make a Difference Challenge’ child-led fundraising for the local community 
  • Road safety demonstrations
  • Police, MP & fire brigade visits
  • Smart school council (see pupil voice for more detail)
  • Current affairs discussion club
  • Careers and enterprise week

...and much more!

Each year group records their PSHE/SMSC outcomes in a shared class ‘big book’ and has a ‘special books shelf’ which displays a careful selection of fiction books that represent various cultures, sexualities, different types of families, life experiences, social issues and moral dilemmas. The selection also includes non-fiction books with topical information about current affairs such as refugees, sustainability, democracy and the rule of law.  These fabulous books are listed in our PSHE curriculum maps – see link for reference.