Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
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As a staff, we drew out expectations for our learners beyond academic success. We want our learners to be:
- Physically and mentally healthy
- Emotionally intelligent
- Able to deal with change
- Able to maintain healthy relationships
- Able to understand and deal with the challenges of the modern world
- Above all, we want our learners to be able to keep themselves safe, including when online.
We have chosen to use the ‘Jigsaw’ programme as the basis of our PSHCE curriculum (including for sex and relationships education – ‘SRE’) because, after careful evaluation, we felt that it would address the needs of our learners to meet the outcomes that we want for them. The Jigsaw approach is one that combines a high focus on safeguarding with a strong focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. The programme covers 6 major themes across the school year:
- Being me in my world: This teaches pupils self-identity and self-worth, safeguarding, recognising feelings, being part of a team, learning about being a good citizen, democracy and our rights and responsibilities.
- Celebrating Difference: This teaches pupils about equality, diversity, bullying, stereotyping, managing conflict, racism and cultural differences.
- Dreams and goals: This teaches pupils about motivation, persistence, working as a group, setting goals and ambitions, overcoming obstacles, money management and positive attitudes.
- Healthy Me: This teaches pupils about healthy relationships, healthy lifestyles, safety, peer pressure and body image.
- Relationships: This teaches pupils about family life, healthy friendships, getting on and falling out, online safety, managing feelings and self-esteem.
- Changing Me: This teaches pupils about growth and change, life cycles, puberty and conception, respect and consent.
In addition to our PSHCE curriculum, we hold twice-weekly ‘Civitas Sessions’, where areas of the PSHCE curriculum already covered can be revised according to the specific and emergent needs of the class. Additionally, this time is used to further develop pupils’ understanding of the world through discussion about important issues present in wider society. We are also fully committed to working with local partners and agencies to boost the personal development of pupils, including: the NSPCC, Transport for London, the police, fire and ambulance services, ‘My Bank’, the local magistrates and the school nurse.
Sex and Relationships Education - SRE
The school has and will continue to work closely with parents to continually review our sex and relationship policy so that it meets all statutory requirements in a manner that engages our community and represents the wishes of the majority of our parents.
PSHCE themed assemblies take place once per week and are addressed to the whole school. Our assembly programme is designed to address key themes in our PSHCE curriculum as well as re-enforce pupils’ understanding of the school’s values and British values, as well as celebrate diversity in our school through acknowledgement of key religious and cultural festivals. We also have ‘house assemblies’ where pupils come together in their house groups to promote a healthy competition and sense of team for pupils across classes and year groups.