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Life Skills / PHSE

Welcome to Life Skills & PSHE! 

"Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life." - PSHE Association 2019. 


Life Skills & PSHE at White Ash.

Our intent. 

Life Skills & PSHE provide our children with the necessary tools they require to participate in everyday life. At White Ash School, we believe Life Skills & PSHE are very important; they enable our pupils to become independent members of society. Life Skills & PSHE are intrinsic throughout every subject area and the daily experiences our children encounter, it aims to build on every child’s individual capabilities. We encourage our pupils to be as independent as possible. In doing so, we help to develop their unique abilities and areas they may find difficult to overcome. We teach them the life skills, suitable for their needs, to improve their quality of life. We teach them how to be safe, how to self regulate and most importantly, how listen and communicate with others. They learn to adapt their skills to be successful throughout life whist developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness for life and work in modern Britain.


Life Skills 

Our Life Skills and PSHE curriculum is based around three core themes:


  • Functional self help skills
  • Social skills
  • Vocational skills


All children who access the semi formal/formal White Ash Curriculum have one Life Skills target on their ILP which they work towards for a full term. Sensory learners who access the pre-formal White Ash Sensory Curriculum have two Independence and Self help targets. Teachers must use all three areas of the Life Skills and PSHE progression document (as above) when setting SMART ILP Life Skills targets to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is covered.


Life Skills targets are met throughout daily routines or other curriculum areas. This is dependent on cohorts and individual targets. Class teachers display this on their timetables.



The PSHE scheme of work is based around five key areas:


  • Rules and responsibilities
  • Relationships
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Staying safe
  • Money


Each year group will cover six PSHE topics per year and throughout school all topics are covered and revisited to allow all pupils to recap and build upon past learning.


The PSHE rolling programme provides teachers with relevant topics and ideas. All classes have one timetabled PSHE lesson each week inline with set topics.

Life Skills & PSHE Policy

PSHE Scheme of work