Our unique Rainbow Curriculum, which was developed specifically for our children from our post-pandemic 'recovery curriculum', forms the key areas of focus for our PSHE curriculum. The intention of our curriculum is that when children leave St Anselm’s, they will do so with the knowledge and understanding of how to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations and a belief in themselves that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.


The 14 areas of our Rainbow Curriculum, as well as being taught through all subjects, are taught discretely within our PSHE curriculum. Each area is explored in-depth across all classes, focusing on developing key personal skills relating to the particular area of focus. The 14 areas are repeated each year, allowing children to build on prior learning and develop skills and understanding at a greater depth.


The 14 areas covered within the programme of study are:


  • Kindness
  • Compassion
  • Self-appreciation
  • Mutual Respect
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Independence
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Organisation
  • Self-discipline
  • Leadership
  • Confidence



Children at St Anselm’s understand that education is not just about academic learning. They appreciate and embrace having our PSHE Rainbow Curriculum at the heart of everything we do, and understand that it is this which is supporting them on their journey of continuous personal development. It helps them understand and manage their emotions so they can look after their mental health and wellbeing. It allows them to build positive self-esteem and to have respect for themselves and others. It allows them to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life.