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Our Intent

At St James Lanehead C of E Primary School we believe that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Development in both areas is essential to raising standards of achievement for all pupils and equipping them with the skills and preparing them for real life experiences.

The PSHE curriculum at St James Lanehead C of E Primary School aims to:

  • Prepare all our pupils for the challenges of adult life
  • Enable our pupils to make informed healthy life choices
  • Nurture the self-esteem and emotional development of all our young people
  • Develop confidences and responsibilities and make the most of their abilities.
  • Prepare to play an active role as citizens.
  • Develop a healthy, safe lifestyle with the ability to make appropriate risk assessments.
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
  • Understand some basic principles of finances.
  • Make a positive contribution to the life of the school

Progression of PSHE/HRE Skills within the curriculum

Devised in conjunction with pupils, parents, staff and governors with the children’s interests at the heart, the bespoke PSHE curriculum at our school runs on a rolling programme to ensure that all statutory learning is covered within the key stages. EYFS children will all complete the same learning across the R and R/1 classes to ensure they get the same start at our school.

Each year, the first day/week in a new class will cover ‘All About Me’, learning about themselves and their emotions.

The topics for each year following this are shown below.




Curriculum changes following school closures due to COVID-19

On our return to school in September 2020, the Autumn term units were swapped to ensure that the children focused on their own feelings and emotions as well as re-building lasting friendships with those in their classes. See image below:

Following the second school closure (January-March 2021), the PSHE curriculum was altered again to support the children’s mental health and wellbeing. On the return to school, all children completed a scheme of work from Place2Be focusing on the following areas: self-efficacy, gratitude, hope and connectedness.

The PSHE curriculum for the Summer term has been altered to focus on physical and mental health and wellbeing, as prioritised by the Department for Education (see below).

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy

There is a new document from the Department for Education on RSE. This guidance will become compulsory from September 2020, however due to the pandemic, the DfE have produced the following guidance:

You may choose to focus this year’s RSHE teaching on the immediate needs of your pupils, such as health education, introducing a more comprehensive RSHE programme in September 2021. You should prioritise RSHE content based on the needs of your pupils, with particular attention to the importance of positive relationships, as well as mental and physical health.

We are currently reviewing our RSE policy in school, alongside this guidance and have a “working party” planned and will also ask parents’ views before we finalise our own policy. The new RSE guidance does not make sex education compulsory in primary schools, and our current views are that we agree that it is best covered in secondary school not primary. As soon as our policy is finalised, it will be attached to this part of our website.

Children's Mental Health Week 2021

This week is Children's Mental Health week. Now, more than ever, it is so important to look after our own and our children's mental health and wellbeing. This years theme is 'Express Yourself' and it encourages children to do some of things that make them happy. Please see below some booklets to support you in supporting your children's mental health as well as some ideas for activities you can do at home to boost your children's (and your own!) wellbeing. 


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About Us

St James' LaneheadCofE Primary School

St James’ Lanehead is a Church school with a big heart and a passion for its community. At St James’ Lanehead we all pride ourselves on acting with dignity and integrity.

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St James' Lanehead Primary SchoolBriercliffe Road, Burnley BB10 2NH

Jade BradleySchool Business Manager

01282 426833

Michelle Dugdale | Headteacher

Clare Ashton | SenCo