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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an important part of the teaching at Hillborough Infant and Nursery School. We provide our children with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to manage their lives now and in the future. Within our school we teach PSHE through whole school and class assemblies, discussions during fruit and milk time, and allocated time for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL). Opportunities for development of PSHE and SEAL are also planned for in other subjects across the curriculum, with links to the current topic in the school. During the schools ‘All About Me’ topic, children were encouraged to reflect on their qualities and these were celebrated and presented to our families during our WOW event. Through our WOW events and performances we also provide children with the opportunity to develop their confidence and work collaboratively as part of a team.


The SEAL curriculum covers aspects; new beginnings, getting on and falling out, going for goals, good to be me, relationships and changes, in preparation for the children to transition into the next academic year. These are taught through stories, role plays, discussions and circle time.

Through the SEAL programme of study we promote our curriculum driver of well-being. We encourage our pupils to be healthy and help them to understand their self-worth and be proud of themselves. Children will develop the skills to form relationships and the ability to work with others.


It is our aim that pupils will:

  • develop self-awareness;
  • manage their own feelings;
  • be able to promote calm, optimistic states of mind;
  • recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulty;
  • be confident and independent, become responsible and make the most of their abilities;
  • empathise with others;
  • work and play co-operatively;
  • compete fairly;
  • recognise hazards and know how to keep safe;
  • stand up for their rights and those of others;
  • prepare to play an active role as citizens.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is a prime area within EYFS. At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, children will be supported to form positive relationships with their peers and develop respect for others. We support children to manage their feelings and understand that some behaviour is unacceptable. The children develop a positive sense of themselves and have confidence in their own abilities.

At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, children who have been identified as having  social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and through consultation with their parents or carers, are provided with Nurture Group Provision. These sessions happen weekly where children join in games, activities and discussions. Our Nurture Groups encourage our pupils to develop confidence, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.

SEAL scheme of work 20-21