Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
PSHE Newsletter Autumn 2
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education
The aims of PSHCE are:
- To establish an ethos where pupils respect adults, care for themselves and one another.
- To develop a sense of self-esteem within each child so that they have an understanding of their role, rights and responsibilities in school and society and a real concern for others.
- For our children to take responsibility for their actions and to realise that what they do have consequences for themselves and for others.
- To form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
- To help children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
- To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society. (This is often undertaken in assembly)
- To prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
We aim to promote our children’s self esteem by:
- Giving them an appropriate amount of responsibility, and trusting them to carry out given tasks, make decisions of their own and move towards independence in all they do
- Valuing their work and showing its importance by display, marking and opportunities to share their achievements with others.
- Establishing incentives for good work (e.g. headteacher’s certificates, Good Work assemblies)
- Providing role models as staff in our own attitude to manners, standards of appearance and reactions to situations.
- Always providing a fair hearing when dealing with children’s problems and encouraging them towards a sympathetic, resourceful approach in their relationships with others.
Our society shares key values. We aim to give our children an awareness of these key values by:
- Providing a framework for children’s behaviour.
- Providing and promoting an environment in which the children can feel secure in an atmosphere of trust.
- Encouraging co-operation, respect for self and others and promoting good manners.
- Instilling social skills in all areas of the children’s school life (i.e. playground, dining room, classroom and on outside visits)
- Differentiating ‘good’ from ‘bad’ and upholding the values of obedience, honesty, trust, truth, conscience and responsibility
We support our children’s health and moral development through:
- Acknowledging and discussing pertinent issues as they arise (as well as through planned classroom lessons)
- Looking after living things and being aware of their needs
- Building an awareness of children’s individual beliefs and acknowledging their spiritual background
- Delivering Sex and Relationships education (see SRE policy)
This school believes that the personal, social and health and citizenship education of our pupils is the responsibility of all Parents, schools and the wider community share this responsibility for the social and moral development of the young.
Teachers aim to:
- ensure equal access to all regardless of ability, sex, religion, disability or race.
- provide an environment in which all pupils feel free to express their opinions, whilst respecting others’ views This type of education must be available to everyone. Further information can be found in the school’s equal opportunities policy.
Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our PSHE programme contributes to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.
The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across each year group.
The ways in which Rushey Green actively promote the areas within British Values through the PSHE curriculum are:
- We formulate and agree ‘Our Calm School Code’ at the beginning of each school year
- We work with our children to monitor standards in our school
- We elect class representatives to the school council
- We have a school council who meet regularly and provide a ‘pupil voice’
- We allow the children’s voice to be heard through questionnaires, surveys, discussions
- We ask children to support the interviewing process for new staff
- We allow children to listen to and consider others points of view
Rule of Law
- We have a clear, consistent behaviour policy which is consistently applied throughout the school
- We provide opportunities for children to reflect about positive and negative behaviour
- We have visits from our Police Community Support Officer
- We address issues of law during whole-school assemblies as and when appropriate
- We give considerable time to individual pupils who require additional opportunities to understand the importance of following rules
- We encourage visits from external agencies to talk to the children in school
- We elect playground buddies to encourage fair play in KS1 and KS2 playgrounds
- The children at Rushey Green are actively encouraged to make choices at school
- Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely
- Children at Rushey Green are given important roles in school, such as playground buddies and young leaders
- And are encouraged to understand responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and attitude to learning
Justice and Fairness
- We teach our children how to be safe and how to act safely
- We promote positive relationships
- Jigsaw teaches that behaviour has an effect upon those around them and upon their own rights
- Regular PSHE assemblies when all pupils show respect for the efforts of others
- We participate in events organised to raise money for various charities
- We use educational residentials to help children learn to get along with their peers
Helpful websites linked to areas of British Values:
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development