St Columba's RC Primary School

We are Companions on a Journey

Ripley Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL2 3AR

0120 4333421

PSHCE at St Columba's

At St Columba's We follow the SCARF scheme. SCARF stands for

S  -Safety

C  - Caring

A - Achievement

R  - Resilience

F  - Friendship


At St. Columba’s we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of PSHE, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents.


We aim that children leave St. Columba’s with a range of happy and rich memories in PSHE formed through interesting and exciting experiences. We must show the children that children see learning in PSHE as an on-going process not a one-off event.

Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in PSHE, which will be taught by highly-qualified, enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.

All children will study PSHE for 30 minutes per week.

Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, the children will have access to healthcare professionals to think about healthy lifestyles and mental health professionals to discuss wellbeing.

Children will understand how Catholic Values and British Values relate to PSHE.

In PSHE, children will develop the skills to develop confidence and a sense of responsibility within themselves, develop their own God-given attributes, develop positive relationships built on mutual respect and develop a healthy and safe lifestyle.


The PHSCE curriculum is based on the SCARF scheme. This will be implemented weekly in each class.. Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in PSHE. Guest speakers are invited in for example specialists in their field, trips to businesses, fieldwork to relevant places of interest, innovative use of technology to name but a few.

High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Also high quality input from experts and educational resources complement the delivery of specialist learning admirably.


Children are happy learners within PSHE. They experience a wide range of learning challenges within the subject and know appropriate responses to them. Through PSHE, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents. Visits within PSHE will enrich the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.

Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in PSHE reflected in outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Fundamental British Values are evident in PSHE and children understand how it can celebrate difference.


PHSCE is not statutory subject however the national curriculum states:

'all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. ... PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life's challenges and make the most of life's opportunities.`

DFE advice on PHSCE that was updated in June 2019.