Personal, Social, Health, Economic & Citizenship education (PSHEC), is a planned programme of learning through which our children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. A new syllabus was introduced autumn 2018 and is now being delivered to children that is intentionally and systematically planned across the school and academic year, allowing for progression, coverage and cyclical learning to take place. At the beginning of each planned and regular PSHEC session, children are reminded that these lessons promote Respect, Openness, Confidentiality and Kindness – the members of our school family can be our rock of support.
As part of a whole school approach, PSHEC develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations, while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential. Public Health England found that ‘schools that have [planned PSHE] programmes that directly improve students’ social and emotional learning demonstrate 11% higher results’. But it’s not all about results; we place an incredibly high value on children’s mental health and wellbeing.
We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. Our citizenship lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process and how to effect peaceful changes in society.
The Department of Education announced plans to make PSHE education compulsory for all schools from September 2019. The plans, would also make ‘relationships education’ a new subject in primary schools. Nursery to Year 6 are committed to Circle Time and regular PSHEC sessions that engage and inspire our learners to reach their own opinions on topical issues and to discuss similarities and differences between different lifestyles, decisions and cultures. Anti-bullying is taught positively through our whole school Friendship Week and Relationships and Sex are taught in an age-sensitive way across the school. For our younger children, this includes learning about friendships and appropriate interactions. The government wants the basic primary school curriculum to include: drug education, financial education, sex and relationships education and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
Wherever linked to our school worships themes, across Nursery to Year 6 we will be covering: Autumn: Health and Well-Being, Spring: Living in the Wider World & Summer: Relationships.