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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton St Catherine's Academy

PSHE and Relationships Education

PSHE [Personal, Social and Health Education] and RE [Relationships Education] are taught as part of our Personal Development curriculum offer. Class teachers deliver this in 30-minute lessons.

In September 2020, Relationships Education became a compulsory aspect of school life. The Department for Education has released the following further information regarding this:

BSCA undertook a parental consultation to approve the school’s policy which can be found here - Relationships Education Policy


Curriculum Vision

Personal Development [PD] at BSCA will provide pupils with a suitable skill set so they are able to make safe and informed decisions about their life both now and into the future.

It will be delivered in an inclusive manner, considering the age-appropriate nature of material while being sensitive towards the needs of our students.

PD will develop student’s resilience, well-being and character, whilst promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. BSCA students will develop into well rounded individuals who will be able to tackle any of life’s challenges and achieve their excellence.


  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
  • To provide knowledge and skills that enable students to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.
  • To give our students opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse and multicultural society.

Our curriculum

Personal Development develops a suitable skillset for all of our students — like teamwork, communication, and resilience- their character and well-being whilst promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to prepare them for the experiences, opportunities and responsibilities of later life so they can make safe and informed decisions.

“Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline.  This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way” (Foreword by the Secretary of State 2020).

These skills taught in PD combined with the values that we have at BSCA will develop our students into well- rounded individuals who will be able to tackle any of life’s challenges and achieve their maximum potential.

The PD lessons we teach at BSCA offer a holistic PSHE learning journey spanning the student’s school career, with a progressive, spiral curriculum that addresses real needs in a rapidly changing world.  Our Personal Development curriculum covers all aspects of PSHE and Relationships Education required by the DfE regarding statutory status on Relationships Education and Health Education. Personal Development in the primary phase of BSCA follows the ‘SCARF PSHE’ scheme of work.

The SCARF programme divides the year into 6 themed units:

Autumn 1: Me and my relationships.

Autumn 2: Valuing Difference

Spring 1: Keeping Myself Safe - Click to open

Spring 2: Rights and Responsibilities

Summer 1: Being My Best

Summer 2: Growing and changing

Each of the six units are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.

You can view the lesson titles for each unit below:

Primary PSHE and Relationships Education Overview


How can you help your child at home?

The following documents list activities to help your child stay happy, healthy and safe which supports the work your child will be completing at school this half term. With these activities, you can continue the learning and have fun together! Just click on the link below that matches your child's age.