We believe strongly that PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education forms an essential part of both a child’s education and well-being. It is vital we prepare our children to have the skills and attitudes needed to make our world a happy, peaceful and tolerant place to live. PSHE has an integral part to play in building pupils’ emotional literacy and their understanding of themselves as part of a community, with the rights and responsibilities this brings. It is also integral to their developing social skills and their ability to identify risk and make safe decisions. We also recognise and value greatly the contribution parents and families can make to these areas of learning.
Our PSHE programme of study also contributes greatly to our responsibilities and duties under the following areas:
- Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education DFE 2019
- Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools. Ref: DFE-00679-2014
- Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE-00140-2016
- The Prevent Duty DFE-00174-2015
- The Convention for the Rights of the Child (Unicef - Rights Respecting Schools Award).
PSHE significantly contributes to upholding and promoting the following articles;
- Article 2 (Non-discrimination)
- Article 6 (Survival and development):
- Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child)
- Article 14 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion)
- Article 15 (Freedom of association)
- Article 17 (Access to information; mass media)
- Article 19 (Protection from all forms of violence)
- Article 24 (Health and health services)
Our aims in teaching PSHE include the following.
The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.