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Our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum enables children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to make informed decisions about their health, wellbeing and relationships.  We teach children to respect themselves and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions.  We aim to help pupils understand how to develop personally and socially.  Our children are encouraged to be resilient, confident and positive.  We help children develop their sense of self-worth.  We want them to enjoy contributing to the school and local community. We aim to prepare children for life as adults in modern multicultural Britain.


At St James, our PSHE curriculum follows a scheme of work called SCARF – Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship (Coram Life Education). Developed by teachers and centred on a values-based and ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, SCARF’s lesson plans and resources help to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.


SCARF provides a comprehensive spiral curriculum for PSHE education, including mental health and wellbeing. Using SCARF across all age groups ensures progression in knowledge, attitudes and values, and skills – including the key skills of social and emotional learning, known to improve outcomes for children.

SCARF is also mapped to the new DFE guidance for Relationships Education and Health Education, the National Curriculum and Ofsted’s requirements.

SCARF promotes a deep understanding of British Values, developing appreciation of others and their value in society, as well as building positive views of themselves. Consequently, children develop their self-worth, a strong sense of identity and become confident citizens by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. 

All the topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development and provide all pupils with appropriate and essential safeguarding knowledge such as online safety. We have further enhanced the provision in our school by adding to these with resources and lesson plans from the National Online Safety website

SCARF lesson plans are organised around the PSHE Association’s Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities, which includes three core themes:

- Health and Wellbeing

- Relationships

- Living in the Wider World


These themes are covered within six topics, with content that progresses throughout the school, from Early Years to Year 6:

  • Me and My Relationships
  • Valuing Difference
  • Keeping Safe
  • Rights and Respect
  • Being my Best
  • Growing and Changing


Children at St James’ will be polite and caring towards others, celebrating similarities and respecting differences.  Pupils will be equipped with strategies to help them understand and manage their own emotions and mental health. This will enable them to enjoy learning and to achieve their full potential across the curriculum.

Children will be confident in taking on roles within school life and also in the wider community, such as house captains or being part of the choir.

St James’ children will have skills and understanding that prepares them for living successfully as an adult in British society and will have developed an attitude that promotes kindness.


Please click here to view our PSHE long term overview.

Please click here to view more detailed year group overviews of the content covered.