PSHE/RSHE (Personal Development)

Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education is at the heart of our curriculum and school ethos. Here at Rigby Hall we call our PSHE lessons Personal Development. Whilst it is taught as a discrete subject weekly, the curriculum content underpins every aspect of school life to enable pupils to develop resilience, respect for self and others and empathy.    

Rigby Hall follow the PSHE Framework for Pupils with SEND. Throughout key stages 1-4 pupils develop awareness of:

PSHE supports pupils in developing the necessary life skills to allow them to be independent individuals in their community.  

The PSHE ethos is woven throughout each day in the provision that we provide at a time and place when the students most need that support or education. The curriculum is flexible and supports students at their greatest time of need to help them be the best that they can be.

We aim to give all students the opportunity to develop the skills needed in order that they can fit into the world in which they live and make a positive contribution. Students are able to learn and develop these skills in a variety of ways, for example, role-play, outside speakers, debate and discussion, educational visits, practical activities and ICT


All pupils are taught about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe on and offline and the importance of healthy relationships. 

Pupils are taught about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, which determines their physical health and how to build mental resilience and wellbeing. Our pupils are encouraged and supported to talk in an age appropriate way about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships they are likely to encounter.

Our secondary pupils, build on the foundations of relationships and at the appropriate time, extend their learning to include intimate relationships as well.

All pupils will learn about staying safe online, complementing the existing computing curriculum and how to use technology safely, responsibly and respectfully. Learning will also cover how to keep personal information private.

We believe by giving our pupils the knowledge of what a healthy relationship is built upon will enable them to become respectful, successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to their community and the wider society.