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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education


At Great Missenden School we are SOCIOLOGISTS!

The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver lessons which are accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more.

We aim for children at Great Missenden school to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially. Children will have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.

Children at Great Missenden are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


The aims of PSHE are best achieved in an environment in which pupils feel safe and where their opinions are valued. In this subject, above all, the child must be central to the process. They must be allowed to be honest, to make mistakes without being reprimanded and to learn from their mistakes. A range of teaching and learning styles are employed, including:


  • Circle time
  • Group work
  • Drama and Role play
  • Discussion/ Debate
  • Agenda setting
  • Problem solving
  • Imaginative writing
  • Traditional imparting of knowledge
  • Constructive use of video
  • Research
  • Educational games/activities
  • DVDs and other ICT approaches


We also consider it important to be able to respond quickly when areas of PSHE arise in the classroom or playground and there is an immediate need to tackle an issue. If a class has a series of lessons on dealing with bullying, for example, or loss or grieving, then teachers will be provided with support and materials to deliver this.