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Primary School Compliance in the Curriculum

We know! Not only do you have to create content, deliver it and promote engagement, but you also have to make sure that your PSHE schedule is compliant with the law and covers all things requested by the government.


The pressures on a PSHE teacher not only to deliver, but also to understand what is required by law, can only add to an already over-stressed environment that so often goes unrecognised and unrewarded


What compounds these anxieties is a very vague, albeit broad guidance framework, where each individual school has to somehow make sense of by assessing the needs of their children, and then incorporate those sensitive issues into their curriculum.


Welcome to PSHE!

8 - Point Checklist  Government Guidance

At primary school level, pupils should be taught the following eight things:

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Compliance 1
Mental Wellbeing

This should include the importance of mental well-being alongside physical health. Learners should be taught how to discuss emotions and identify the benefits of physical exercise.

Loneliness should be discussed, with guidance on where to seek support explaining that it is common to have mental health problems and these can be resolved with the correct support. 

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Compliance 2
Internet Safety and Harms

Children should learn about the need to balance their time spent online, and the impact of positive and negative content that may be displayed to them. They should be taught respectful behaviour online and that harmful behaviour such as bullying and false identity can take place.

Compliance 3
Physical Health and Fitness

Children should be taught about the characteristics and benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercise. They should also be informed of the dangers and the negative impact that an inactive lifestyle will have.

Children should be able to recognise and articulate what a healthy lifestyle is and identify what activities can lead to fitness.

Compliance 4
Healthy Eating

All children should understand and identify what constitutes a healthy diet and also the characteristics of a poor diet and the risks associated with eating junk food.

Compliance 5
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

Children should be taught factual information about legal and illegal drugs and the associated risks.

Teacher Connect reccomended resources

Wow! We found it very difficult to find any resources that we could recommend for this one.


If you know of any resources that we can recommend for drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for primary schools, we would love to hear from you.


It seems like this subject and how it's delivered is a PSHE Achievement Award waiting to be won. Let us know how you deliver this subject.

Compliance 6
Health and Prevention

Children should be taught about the charcteristics and benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercise. They should also be informed of the dangers and the negative impact that an inactive lifestyle will have.

Compliance 7 
Basic First Aid

What is your definition of entry - level as your class should be taught entry-level first aid including knowledge and evidence that they can call the emergency services, maybe through role play, whilst also being able to deal with common injuries.

It will be important for you to define a common injury as no clear guidance is given to this within the report.

Compliance 8
The Changing Adolescent Body

What do you do at your school that teaches key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body, particularly from the ages of 9-11.

Providing you are covering the above compliance topics within your PSHE schedule, then you are satisfying the needs of the most recent government PSHE Guidelines.


Teacher Connect is committed not only to supporting you within these guidelines but also to providing a communication vehicle through our mobile app where teachers can communicate with each other to seek support or just share their activities with others.

Full Government Guidance

We hope you have found the 8-point checklist overview helpful as a guide to your PSHE schedules. These points highlight the main categories of topics that should be covered within lessons.

If you need a more comprehensive view of the guidelines you can access them by clicking the button below.

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