Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)  is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

At St.Bede's we teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through SEAL lessons, via assemblies, through our 'Statements to Live By' and through other subjects.



Philosophy for Children (P4C), is operated by SAPERE. It is designed to help children become more willing and able to question, reason, construct arguments and collaborate. It is an approach to teaching in which students participate in group dialogues focused on philosophical issues. Dialogues are prompted by a stimulus (for example, a story or a video) and are based around a concept such as ‘truth’, ‘fairness’ or ‘bullying’. P4C builds higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills. It creates respect for others, promotes engagement with learning and enhances educational development. 

In a typical lesson, pupils and teachers sit together in a circle and the teacher begins by presenting a stimulus such as a video clip, image or newspaper article to provoke pupils’ interest. This is generally followed by some silent thinking time before the class splits into groups to think of questions that interest them. A certain question with philosophical potential is then selected by the group to stimulate a whole-class discussion. These discussions are supported by activities to develop children’s skills in reasoning and their understanding of concepts.

There is evidence that P4C has a positive impact on children’s attainment, in addition to a positive influence on the wider outcomes such as pupils’ confidence to speak, listening skills, and self-esteem which are really important for other learning to take place.

During  P4C sessions, there are opportunities for speaking and listening, turn taking and being encouraged to justify or qualify their thoughts. There is an emphasis on working in a critical but caring way, valuing other’s points of view.


Betty Bus!



The Betty Bus came to our school today for the year 6 children. 

"I felt less comfortable at the start of the lesson, but by the end I felt more confident. It was a great experience!"

"I was nervous but it reassured me a lot. The Betty Bus gave me lots of advice."

"I had an amazing time and learned so much! They had fun activities, where we learnt lots of facts."

"At first I was nervous about the Betty Bus and I didn't know much about it, but at the end I really enjoyed it!"

"It definitely made me more comfortable."

Contact the School

St Bede's Catholic Primary School

Keepers Lane

Main Contact: Ms Conlon

Tel: 01606 852149