PSHE Intent 

At Woodlands Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is at the core of what we do and it is our intention that our pupils become confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the ‘whole child’ intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually.  Through our whole school approach to PHSE, curriculum and environment it is our aim that pupils are able to explore thoughts, feelings, experiences and beliefs in a safe and secure learning environment. This is turn will develop well-rounded, confident and resilient young people reaching their full potential.

We aim to provide: 

A culture of safety, success and achievement for all 

All children are supported to access a PSHE curriculum that is appropriate to their individual learning needs and abilities with reference to EHCP outcomes.  Opportunities to express views and opinions in a positive way and develop emotional and social skills.

The curriculum is taught within a safe and supportive learning environment where students can develop the confidence to ask questions, make contributions related to their own experiences.

A motivating curriculum 

We aim to provide a PSHE and citizenship programme that is matched to age, developmental stage and maturity in way that is motivating, meaningful and accessible to the individual.

Strong relationships between school, families, pupils and community.  

The children in our school have a range of family backgrounds and life experiences as well as a range learning need.  It is important that we build upon these experiences and break down barriers to learning to provide an understanding of the wider world.  The intent is to develop tolerant, respectful young people, prepared for life beyond Woodlands.

Due to the potential vulnerabilities of our students and the difficulty in transferring skills and knowledge it is crucial that we have a strong and effective relationship with families, external agencies and the community to practice skills in the appropriate environments; to enhance learning  and facilitate retention of knowledge and skills in a meaningful way.


At Woodlands Academy,we take a holistic approach to ensure the curriculum is appropriate to the social, emotional and developmental needs of the individual.  This is done in consultation with parents/carers through the Education Health Care Plan review process. We aim to identify barriers to learning and inform planning to achieve meaningful realistic outcomes for individuals.

PSHE is taught through discrete timetabled sessions each week and is complimented by real life wider community experiences, assemblies, theme days and weeks, visiting professionals, therapies, specific programmes such as SoSafe and Zones of regulations.  PSHE is also taught through other curriculum areas such as RE, Humanities, catering and PE.

Teachers, Instructors and Teaching Assistants use a range of strategies to provide purposeful, meaningful learning experiences, which will meet the needs of all the pupils in the setting. The emphasis is on interactive learning and the teacher as facilitator. This may include differentiated practical learning experiences including visuals to support and alternative communication systems.

We work very closely with external agencies to ensure that each individual student has the most appropriate and specialist support required to meet their needs, as well as experiencing the opportunities within school.


Our students:

  • Develop self-esteem, self-confidence, emotional well-being and resilience.
  • Develop positive relationships based on respect for themselves and others.
  • Recognise emotions and have the skills to manage these.
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Develop  a set of  personal values and attitudes
  • Take responsibility for their actions and the consequences of their actions
  • Make informed choices regarding personal and social issues.
  • Learn to keep themselves and others safe
  • Develop positive attitudes to health
  • Learn to respect the differences between people
  • Develop their independence skills, preparing themselves for adult life.
  • Become responsible and caring citizens.
  • Be part of a school community in which everybody’s contribution is valued