Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE empowers children to become healthy and independent learners. It gives pupils the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and responsible members of society.
The DfE states that “Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is important and necessary part of all pupils’ learning.” Therefore as a school we have developed our PSHE curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of the pupils so to prepare them for their futures. The curriculum enables them to become informed, thoughtful and responsible individuals who are aware of their duties and rights. We have planned a ‘spiral programme’ which introduces new and more challenging learning whilst building on what has been taught before. Each age phase has used the Suffolk PSHE framework to structure their planning and develop it accordingly. The core objectives are taught cross curricular where possible and outside providers are used to enrich the children’s learning. A wide range of teaching styles are used with an emphasis on interactive learning and the teacher as the facilitator. The children have an opportunity within all areas of their learning to reflect on their experiences, they will learn and explore about themselves and the world around them. We aim to provide opportunities for children to ask questions, challenge choices, draw on their own experiences and opinions to take part in activities which stimulate adult choices and enable them to take responsibility for their decisions. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the school and wider community including opportunities provided through ECO schools, School Council and house teams (Fleming, Edison, Dickens, Shaftsbury).