Our PSHE Leader is Mrs Walters, although this is now changing to the RHE Curriculum area.
As a foundation subject there is no Link Governor.
Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) Education
This forms a large part of our curriculum and we follow the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) scheme. This is taught across the curriculum as well as being used for the basis of our school assemblies and PSHE curriculum. Much of health education and PSHE is taught as part of the science curriculum.
In the Foundation Stage (reception) PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) is one of the seven areas of learning and is key to developing children’s ability to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Our children contribute to a school council who meet regularly to deal with issues relating to our school and the wider community. Each class has an elected councillor who brings forward issues and proposed developments. Their recent work has seen the council work alongside canteen staff to develop new menu options.
We have three Year 5 teams who run our School Bank, supported by staff from HSBC. Children are expected to submit application forms, go through a short listing procedure and attend an interview, if successful. The bank meets every other Tuesday for pupils in KS2 to open accounts and make deposits.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils are trained as Play Leaders and Peer Mediators who work with children to help resolve potential arguments on the playground and provide our children with games and activities each break time.
In Year 6 children are elected as house captains and vice captains. They take responsibility for specific duties in order to help our school run smoothly each day. Year 6 children also organise a wide range of clubs which are provided for our younger pupils.
Children are given genuine opportunities to develop responsible attitudes to others by being able to organise fund raising activities on local, national and international levels. We regularly support the Birmingham City Mission, Children in Need and Comic Relief.
Our programme of health education aims to give pupils knowledge, skills and positive attitudes so that they can make choices about healthy and safe lifestyles. The teaching of health and sex education is welcomed by the governors and is supported by assembly themes as well as through visitors like the ‘Life Education Caravan'. Our Sex Education scheme deals with feelings and information appropriate to the children's stage of development. The issue of drugs and harmful substances is also dealt with in our Health Education scheme - starting from the context of medicine safety with the very youngest children. Our teaching follows the recommendations laid down in the National Curriculum and we work closely with other agencies such as our School Nurse and Community Liaison Police Officer.
We recognise the sensitivity of these issues, especially when dealing with very young children and set our teaching within a clear moral framework. Parents are very welcome to see our schemes of work or to discuss any of these issues with us.
In the future, under the new curriculum, PSHE will remain an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. The DFE have advised schools that they will not be providing standardised frameworks or programmes of study. However, the expectation is that schools will use their PSHE programme to equip pupils’ with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. At the moment we are following the National Curriculum programmes of study. From September 2014, the school will tailor our own programme to meet the needs of our pupils’.