Bournehall Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning


Bournehall Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3AX

020 8950 4438


Why teach mindfulness in school? Among other benefits mindfulness develops self-regulation, focus, emotional literacy, empathy…

We do not know what specific knowledge our children are going to need ten or twenty or even five years from now because the world and their work, when they come to it, will be so different from ours. 

What we do know is that they will need to know how to pay attention, how to focus and concentrate, how to listen, how to learn, and how to be in wise relationship with themselves – including their thoughts and emotions – and with others.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness in Education, 2013.

Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.



 As part of a whole school approach to Personal Development, PSHE education supports, encourages, equips and enables children to develop the essential skills for their futures - to:

become healthy, independent and responsible members of a global community

acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to become successful adults and members of society

understand how they are developing personally and socially

have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up

value themselves, one another and their environment

reflect on their values and those of others that may be similar or differ from these

know about their rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society

maintain balanced, healthy, life styles, mentally, emotionally and physically

keep themselves and others safe

be  productive, capable and responsible

be creative and enterprising

make effective transitions

have a positive attitude towards their learning

build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem

take safe risks in their learning , understanding that mistakes are learning opportunities

make informed choices

understand and accept difference and change

recognise and manage their feelings and emotions

communicate effectively and appropriately  

develop empathy

work with others

form and maintain good relationships

overcome barriers to their learning

improve their capacity to learn and to achieve

achieve economic wellbeing in their future


Effective PSHE education makes a significant contribution to children’s:

spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development

behaviour and attitudes



In developing our PSHE curriculum we have adhered to the PSHE Association’s 10 evidence-based principles of good practice in PSHE education which align fully with our school ethos. 


PSHE lessons:

have a clear focus

may start with a question/problem to solve

encourage creative thinking, reasoning and respect

have a context that connects with children’s own lives and experiences

encourage and develop the skills needed for children to ask their own questions

include discussion and debate

take into account pupils’ prior knowledge and understanding

support children’s application and development of basic skills through effective communication and understanding in different ways including art,  drama, talking and writing in different forms with a focus on vocabulary development – particularly that to describe feelings and emotions

may be supported by or delivered through:

Protective Behaviours, Bucket Filling, Emotional Literacy, Growth Mindset, Herts Steps approach, Thrive approach .



NB: PSHE education permeates all aspects of school life and is inextricably linked with SMSC.






The Whole School Personal Development Overview identifies the resources that support the delivery of the PSHE curriculum


Information about these – including links can be found on our website

RSH Education is a part of the PSHE Curriculum. We use materials that have been approved by the PSHE Association, including SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship), 'Growing Up with Yasmine and Tom' from the FPA (Family Planning Association).