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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) and Citizenship

PSHEE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economical Education, that contributes to the knowledge, skills and understanding children and young people need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It allows them to understand how they develop personally and socially. PSHEE and Citizenship contributes and offers learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, and at Ranskill, we aim to provide as many opportunities for children to be independent, resilient learners who have life-skills to help them resolve any challenges they may face.


In Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHEE and Citizenship forms one of the three prime areas (personal and social development) and teachings are heavily focused around this area to help each child develop. This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. All of these skills are taught within topics across the year.


KS1 and KS1 follow a set of objectives that allows for clear progression, where skills are built upon from previous year groups’ knowledge. There are five key areas of learning for PSHEE and Citizenship, each with further sub-headings for organising learning, which are as follows:

  • Me and My relationships

Relationships and sex education


  • Keeping myself safe

Drug (and wider risk taking) education

Internet safety

  • My healthy lifestyle

Physical and mental wellbeing

Mental health and resilience

  • Me and my future

Personal finance

Careers and enterprise


  • Becoming an active citizen

Citizenship education

These topics are organised in relation to specific events and dates across the year. PSHEE and Citizenship will be provided through any of the following:

  • Discreet curriculum time
  • Teaching through contexts for learning
  • Assemblies, class assemblies, discussions and circle time
  • As and when issues arise, ensuring time is made to meet and address the needs of the children.
  • Extra-curriculum activities – Anti-Bullying week, health days, visits from external providers etc.
  • Commando Joes


Commando Joes

Commando Joes is a broad and exciting programme that links into the curriculum, which will be run alongside PSHEE and Citizenship lessons. It provides a strong foundation for children to learn and develop in resilience, tolerance and make great choices for life – inside and outside of school. The programme is designed to focus around 7 key character traits in a RESPECT structure (resilience, empathy, self-awareness, passion, excellence, communication and teamwork), where children are given the opportunity to reflect and explore their personal rights, as well as think critically. These are through a variety of fun and adventurous missions linked to their current topic. Weekly missions are encouraged to ensure children are building on these character traits, although class teachers will effectively use Commando Joes at their own judgement.  If you wish to explore this further, please visit