Axis – Support

Support – Personal, Social, and Emotional Development PSED are three of the building blocks for future success in life. They are closely linked to each other, and often bracketed together as one curriculum area. However, PSED is not a discreet area, and links pervasively into all areas of a school’s delivery. The three areas are: Personal development (Being me) – how we come to understand who we are and what we can do; how we look after ourselves. Social development (Being social) – how we come to understand ourselves in relation to others; how we make friends, understand the rules of society and behave towards others.

Emotional development (Having feelings) – how we come to understand our own and others’ feelings; how we develop our ability to ‘stand in someone else’s shoes’ and see things from their point of view, often referred to as empathy.  Successfully embedding the awareness and process of PSED is essential for our students and for all aspects of their lives.

It will help them to: 

  • Relate well to peers, children and adults;
  • Be able to make friends and get on with others;
  • Feel secure and valued;
  • Explore and learn confidently;
  • Feel good about themselves. Early and effective PSED has a huge impact on later wellbeing, learning, achievement, and economic circumstances. There are a range of factors that can adversely impact upon a student’s PSED.