Personal, Social, Health Education
At East Ardsley Primary Academy we believe PSHE is an important subject that needs to be taught to our children. It is vital if pupils are to learn how to keep safe and healthy in an everchanging world.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
PSHE is a key way in which our school can ensure that pupils are receiving a wide and varied curriculum that is relevant to the lives they live today and prepares them for the future.
The skills and attributes that children gain help them to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.
Our PSHE framework links to our Growth Mindset goals within school. Just like The Zone of Regulations we are teaching our children in Growth Mindset, PSHE also helps them to regulate their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. A lot of our PSHE sessions allow children to deepen their understanding of how to self-regulate; teaching them to recognise a broader range of emotions, understand the perspective of others, how to react to their behaviours and the tools they need to problem solving.
The scheme we follow as a school is You, Me, PSHE. This provides the whole school with a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum.
The scheme in which we follow has been separated into 7 different strands:
- Sex and relationship education (SRE)
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE)
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Careers, financial capability & economic wellbeing
- Identity, society and equality
Each strand of the You, Me PSHE scheme is designed to deliver age appropriate topics for the different year groups. These topics are designed to be taught every half term to each year group across the school. Teachers should be ensuring they allow children a minimum of three lessons per every half term for each topic.
This is vital to our children’s development as well-delivered PSHE can have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
The way in which we deliver our PSHE allows teachers to manage sensitive discussions with children within a safe and supportive environment. Children are aware they can ask questions and their teacher will listen. It also allows teachers to be aware of vulnerable pupils and enables them to safely participate in discussions they would perhaps not usually want to join. It’s all about creating a safe, secure and supportive environment for every child to be open and honest.
Therefore, each year a child is being delivered the same topics, however enhancing, building on and embedding what they already have learnt the previous years, preparing them with lifelong skills.
Also, year groups 2, 4 and 6 are provided with the appropriate knowledge of Relationships and Sex Education (SRE). These once again are age related conversations to ensure our children are preparing for changes and their safety. By 2020 a statutory guidance will launch to support these lessons, therefore our children are already being given the chance to obtain these rewarding benefits.
The National Curriculum states that all schools:
- must provide a curriculum that is broadly based and balanced and which meets the needs of all pupils
- promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and society, and prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) drawing on good practice.
All the key qualities that the Department of Education are wanting to see achieved in school are being delivered through our scheme of work. We are making sure our children are developing skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking to broaden their skills and lives.
A parent or carer has the right to withdraw their child from specific elements of the relationships and sex education curriculum which we teach through our PSHE curriculum. Please click here if you wish to find out more about this.