At Towngate Primary Academy, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We strive to provide our children with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. It allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Aims and Intent
We are aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to schools Safeguarding, SMSC and British Values Policies. We are all aware of the important role the PSHE curriculum has in supporting school to implement the 9 protected charactersitics of The Equality Act 2010.
At Towngate Primary Academy we aim to help the children to:
- Have an understanding of their core values and how these impact the decisions they make;
- Develop confidence and responsibilities and make the most of their abilities, through recognising their own worth;
- Develop self-confidence and self-esteem;
- Work collaboratively with others;
- Prepare to play an active role as citizens in a diverse society;
- Develop a healthy, safe lifestyle with the ability to make informed decisions;
- To recognise the importance of their own mental health and well-being;
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between members of the school and the wider community;
- Make a positive contribution to the life of the school.
At Towngate Primary Academy we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first hand expereince and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with an age-appropriate, sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: ie, drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
At Towngate we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught regularly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were childrens spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challanged and nurtured.
All children understand the importance of PSHE, RE, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school.
Termly, Holistic learning books and pupil voice are reviewed and evidence is collected to ensure children are receiving full curriculum coverage.
By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. The skills and attributes developed through PSHE education are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, particularly among pupils eligible for free school meals, as well as improve employability and boost social mobility.