It is widely accepted that personal and social skills are crucial to success and fulfilment in adult life. At Laurel Avenue Community Primary School we understand that it is our responsibility to promote the personal and social development of all our pupils.  Our school curriculum and ethos promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares all pupils for the opportunities and responsibilities within their lives.

Laurel Avenue is an inclusive school. The individuality of all children and staff are recognised, valued and respected. We are committed to giving all members of our school community every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender reassignment, ensuring that no child is disadvantaged. Equally, a child’s religious and cultural differences will always be respected. In PSHE children should learn that open mindedness and the questioning of assumptions are valuable assets.

Our PSHE curriculum closely follows a whole school scheme of work which we follow from Nursery through to Year 6  which covers all aspects of PSHE and Citizenship; Jigsaw.

guide to Jigsaw for parents and carers

Every Child Matters emphasises that PSHE, and Citizenship, in schools plays a vital role in achieving the following outcomes:

  • Being healthy
  • Staying safe
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making a positive contribution
  • Achieving economic well being 

We understand that personal and social skills are crucial to success and fulfilment in adult life and therefore we take the point of view that it is our responsibility to promote the personal and social development of all our pupils.

For Further information on the areas covered in each Year group please see individual class areas.

Sex and Relationship Education

Our children are given opportunities to consider and reflect the wide variety of different relationships they have with others.

At Laurel Avenue Community Primary School, Sex and Relationships Education aims to:

Enable children to understand the processes of growth and sexual development.
To develop skills and the exploration of attitudes, values and emotions as well as biological facts concerned with human reproduction.
Promote positive attitudes towards love and sexuality.
Encourage children to develop an awareness of and respect for themselves and others in a fully inclusive way with regard to disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

The Jigsaw Scheme of work is used in each class. Jigsaw is a whole school approach to delivering PSHE in schools. The Changing Me and Relationships units cover Sex and Relationships Education and each year group will be taught appropriate lessons based on their age and developmental stage. Please see our website for more details.

During the summer term, as part of their science and PSHE work (Personal, Social and Health Education) children in school will be undertaking their sex and relationships unit of work.

Our Sex Education Programme is not just about reproduction and sexual health. It also takes into account sexuality, gender roles and responsibility. It is about enabling children to act responsibly in making and maintaining relationships with others and to feel good about themselves and the choices they make. Great care is taken to emphasise the importance of loving relationships based on love, care and respect. Children are encouraged to appreciate the value of stable family life, including the responsibility of parenthood and marriage. Within our Sex and Relationships teaching we take proactive steps to promote respect and help children to have a greater understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other (LGBT+) identities.

All information discussed with children is relevant and appropriate to the age and maturity of that child. The enclosed leaflet gives full details of the topics that will be covered within your child’s year group.

You have the right to withdraw your child from sex education lessons. However, elements of sex education are in the Science Statutory Orders of the National Curriculum and children cannot be withdrawn from this.

If you wish your child to be withdrawn from sex education lessons, please make an appointment to see your child's Class Teacher.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in school.

guide for parents and carers - jigsaw scheme: sex and relationships

a guide for parents and carers on sex and relationships education


Rainbow Flag Award Update

As you know, we are currently working towards The Rainbow Flag Award to ensure quality LGBT+ teaching and learning in school. We are very pleased to have achieved the first part of our Rainbow Flag Award at an outstanding level - The Skilled Teacher section of the award.

Thank you to parents/carers who attended our coffee morning. We are looking forward to moving onto the further five parts of the award.

If you would like more information regarding LGBT+ issues, or The Rainbow Flag Award, please click on the links below.

The proud trust

the kite trust



Useful organisations for families seeking advice or help with LGBT+ issues



find a youth group in your area


Finanacial Capability and Understanding

Learning about money and finances

For the past four years we have taken part in a week of money activities as part of ‘My Money’ week with the aim of helping children to understand principles of finance such as spending, saving, the value of money and debt.

We understand that this is a key part in the preparation of children for life as an adult in Modern Britain and have decided to integrate financial capability fully into our PSHE scheme across the year.

Each term, children will cover a different area of finance.

We work in partnership with NatWest MoneySense to deliver a variety of lessons including workshops supported by NatWest staff.

Upper Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity each year to participate in an enterprise initiative (Fiver Challange) with Young Enterprise. 

An overview of the areas covered can be downloaded here:

Financial Education Planning Framework



To help you support your child we have put together a leaflet on helping children to understand savings, including information on the Credit Union savings scheme for pupils and parents.

Helping your child to understand money and saving

If you would like to open a Credit Union account and start saving today, download this form and send it into the office:

Credit Union Savings Application Form