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The National Curriculum states that 'all schools should make provision for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. 


We recognise that PSHE education is an area where children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and which prepare for life and work in modern Britain.


Our PSHE Curriculum


Our PSHE curriculum is based on the Learn 4 Life scheme which incorporates SEAL planning and resources.  This runs alongside and compliments all other subject areas, taking care to embed the skills and knowledge children need to be good citizens.  This scheme ensures that children have opportunities to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking.




To be good citizens our children need to have positive role models, to understand that they need to feel happy and safe, to have a voice and to see that they can make a difference.  This links with many other areas of learning which children will encounter during their time at Holywell.


Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind is knowing how to behave intelligently when you DON'T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. 


In our journey towards becoming a Thinking School, we have looked at what our children find difficult with their learning.  Our focus is no longer to impart knowledge so that the children learn what we tell them, we are moving towards equipping our children to learn how to learn - ensuring that they are able to perform well under challenging conditions that demand strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity, and craftsmanship in the absence of information.  This metacognitive approach supports the children and adults alike through the process of learning how to learn, making mistakes and jumping into the Learning Pit.


By focusing on the 16 Habits of Mind and making mistakes, we are more able to ensure that all learners, both adults and children, are equipped with intellectual behaviours that will produce powerful results. 

The 16 Habits of Mind identified by Costa and Kallick include:

  • Persisting
  • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
  • Managing impulsivity
  • Gathering data through all senses
  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Creating, imagining, innovating
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Responding with wonderment and awe
  • Thinking about thinking (metacognition)
  • Taking responsible risks
  • Striving for accuracy
  • Finding humor
  • Questioning and posing problems
  • Thinking interdependently
  • Applying past knowledge to new situations
  • Remaining open to continuous learning


If you would like to find out more about Habits of Mind, please click here.



The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how can we keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they’re staying safe?


Esafety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, such as mobile phones.  It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.


Our Esafety curriculum covers the following aspects of safety:

  • Being a good digital citizen.
  • Real time communications including texts
  • Cyberbullying, including sexual bullying.
  • Safe use of social networking, Facebook, X-Box Live, messaging – SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp etc.
  • Inappropriate images - accessibility and inappropriate use by children.
  • Support for parents and carers and their role and responsibilities.
  • Support for children, ensuring that young people are aware of the risks and do not endanger their ‘online reputation’ by their activity.
  • Training for all staff.


We support Zip It, Block It, Flag It - the Click clever, Click Safe Code for children and young people.



ZIP IT means keeping their personal stuff private and thinking about what they say or do online.

BLOCK IT reminds them to block people who send them nasty messages and not to open any links and attachments they receive by email or through social networks if they’re not 100 per cent sure they’re safe.

FLAG IT is the final piece of advice. It stands for flagging up to a parent, guardian, teacher or someone in authority anything that upsets them while they are online or if someone asks them to meet up in the real world.


There are also many information pages related to specific social media sites.  Please check them out below:


There is a huge range of e-safety advice available on the internet - a few useful links are below:


Click on the image below to find support materials and ideas from NSPCC Share Aware Campaign.







UNICEF's Conventions of the Rights of the Child

We are a GOLD Rights Respecting School (RRS), which is an initiative of UNICEF’s Global Classroom program. This initiative uses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) as the basis for enhancing an inclusive, participatory and respectful school culture for children and adults. 

As a framework for educational improvement, the initiative helps schools address the whole learning environment through a consistent, rights-based approach. It is premised on the understanding that in order for children to want to achieve, they have to feel included, that they belong and that they matter. It brings children into early contact with the universal ideals of respect for oneself and for others, in the school community and in an interdependent world.


If you would like to find out more about UNICEF and the Convention of the Rights of the Child, please click here.


School Council

Our School Council is a group of children within the school who were elected by their peers to represent them and their views. 


Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives.  Our School Council provides a meaningful way in which children can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.


Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas making up the ‘Learning for Life and Work’ theme is active participation.  The curriculum requires that children are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching them about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.


If you would like to find out more about School councils, click here.