PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) forms a vital part of the curriculum, aiming to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. It is an obligatory but non-examined subject which helps to prepare pupils for life outside school and the roles they take on after education.
The PSHEE programme is delivered through the ‘Family Links’ scheme of work to pupils up to Year 4 and the PSHE Association curriculum for Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. ‘Family Links’ is a national training organisation and independent charity committed to promoting emotionally healthy relationships in families, schools and communities through the use of the Nurturing Programme. The scheme of work is a whole-school approach to PSHEE which provides children with a combination of thinking-based, feelings-based and behavioural strategies to help them get the best out of family, school and community life. The scheme of work is delivered in a spiralling form with children visiting the same topics from different angles to take into account pupils’ increasing maturity in each of the year groups. The PSHE Association scheme of work follows a similar approach and is more appropriate for the older pupils.
When teaching about political issues and relationships, our teachers are instructed to ensure there is a balanced presentation of different policies, philosophies, views and emotions with particular reference to LGBTQ. As well as PSHE time, Years 5-8 have a 20-minute current affairs session delivered by their form teacher.
In EYFS, Pre-Prep and Middle School, weekly circle times are held by class teachers and are used to deliver the PSHEE programme, while Years 5-8 have allocated timetabled sessions for the programme. Form times are also used throughout the school to address any issues that may have arisen unexpectedly, as well as to discuss topical issues or administrative activities such as electing Form Representatives for the School & Food Councils. Where necessary, additional support is given to children through small group and 1:1 sessions.
In addition to the above, all pupils attend a Wellbeing session six times a year. These sessions are delivered by a specialist who visits the school or by our own trained staff. Furthermore, Year 7 pupils attend a course of Leadership Training in the Summer Term to prepare them for leadership roles and responsibilities in Year 8.