Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, Relationships & Sex Education and Philosophy for Children


PSHE and RSE Intent

At DBJA, we want our children to be healthy, safe and respectful.  We want all children to be able to form positive relationships with themselves and their community and to make their own decisions.  

At Dorothy Barley Junior Academy, children have a weekly PSHCE lesson, which follows a medium-term plan that meets all objectives. The children also participate in a half termly P4C lesson which allows them to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative environment.  They also participate in half termly Votes 4 Schools lessons to encourage them to consider a change of topics, debate their opinion and in a democratic way complete a class vote.

We also celebrate PSHCE with a range of themed weeks, themed days and assemblies including Anti-Bullying Week, Mental Health Week and Aspirations Week.   

PSHE Roadmap*

PSHE Roadmap*

*Please note that the order of the units may change in certain year groups to meet the needs of the school and pupils

PSHE Overview

PSHE overview

PSHE Vocabulary Mats

PSHE Vocabulary

Learning Values

Our Learning Values are TRRAKS:  







Anti-Bullying Week: 

The theme for Anti-Bullying this year was ‘One Kind World’. Children completed a range of activities such as designing a pair of odd socks, designing a person with a kind message and discussing the cause and effect of bullying. We also celebrated this with an assembly and completed a poster competition. The winning entry poster and the runner-up entries were carefully designed and had a clear message.   

Information for parents:

November 2022:

The results to the PHSE Parent Questionnaire were as follows (blue= very important, orange = important, green = not sure and red = not important):


All parents thought that all areas of the curriculum were very important or important. The two questions that had the responses ‘not sure’  were catered for in our parent Open Morning that covered the following:

  • To give a brief overview of our statutory duties
  • To give an overview of why and how we deliver our Relationships and Health Education lessons and how they sit within our wider PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum 
  • To look at coverage and ask questions

For a copy of the full presentation please see below:

SRE Presentation for Parents

At DBJA we are a proud to be a P4C (Philosophy for Children) school!

At DBJA, through our personal development curriculum, we encourage our children to be strong and independent critical thinkers who are emotionally literate. Philosophy 4 Children is one of the key approaches we take to ensure we are a ‘thinking school’. By teaching P4C (Philosophy for Children) at our school, children are encouraged to develop and express their own  opinions by using the 4Cs Thinking Model which focuses on Critical, Caring, Creative and Collaborative thinking skills. We want all of our children to be able to develop and express their own opinions about the world around them, ask questions and have meaningful discussions.

In our lessons, pupils discuss ‘big concepts’ which include our Learning Values. These lessons give them the opportunity to formulate their own questions and have discussions with their peers about how these values and concepts impact their understanding of our school community and the wider world. Through these discussions, our children can share their opinions with confidence, articulate their thoughts and respond respectfully to the opinions of others.

Although at the moment we teach P4C at the beginning of every half-term, P4C skills can be linked to all subjects across our curriculum. So far we have had some wonderful discussions in subjects such as Geography, History, RE and Maths lessons, and we are looking at ways to embed the principles of P4C across our whole curriculum.