Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is about the development of personal qualities, attitudes and values. We aim to enable each child to acquire the capacity to exercise initiative, choice, and responsibility in a wide range of personal and social situation and show empathy and compassion for others.
Our school ethos puts PSHCE at the centre of school life. We have a full time family practitioner, Viv Sanassy, who is a qualified systemic psychotherapist and member of the UKCP. She is an experienced professional and trained to listen to children.
Children know that they can talk to any adults in school if they have a worry and there are also 'worry boxes' around the school which children can use if they prefer to let adults know about their worries in this way.
The School Council has two elected representatives from each class and meets regularly. The Council is consulted and listened to and contributes to decision making in the school.
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral part of our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Programme. It has moral, legal, cultural, and ethical dimensions. It involves knowledge of how the human body works and is also concerned with exploring feelings about sexuality and responsibility towards oneself and others. RSE is a developmental process which begins in the nursery class and continues throughout a child’s school career. We try to create a climate in which children feel happy to ask questions and are provided with information at the right level. RSE is taught in year six as part of a project on the body, health and hygiene. The film and other materials we use in year 6 may be previewed by parents and carers before the project starts.
There is a statutory right for parents/carers to request that their children be withdrawn from sex education. The Headteacher should be informed in writing if parents/carers wish to exercise this right.