At Connor Downs Academy, it is our intent that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community so that they develop life-long skills.


At Connor Downs Academy, we are using the leading children’s health and wellbeing charity, Coram Life Education (CLE), to support us in meeting these legal requirements. We use Coram Life Education’s online SCARF teaching resources to support our teaching of PSHE and RSE.

More information about Coram Life Education and SCARF can be found on their website:

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.


Our PSHE curriculum follows six units of study, each unit is revisited each year to enable progression in skills, knowledge and understanding.


The six units are:

  • Me & My Relationships
  • Valuing Difference
  • Keeping Myself Safe
  • Rights & Responsibilities 
  • Being My Best 
  • Growing & Changing

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