Jesus was radical in the way he spoke ‘truth to power’. He demanded that fairness be an abiding principle, to do to one’s neighbour what one would have done to you. Jesus saw the strength in ordinary people and their voice. He was not interested in symbols of power but in the unity of the many coming together. As Christians, we have a duty to spread this message: that we are all born and remain equal in the eyes of God and everyone must have a voice.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE it is considered unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. PSHE can encompass many areas of study. Teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription.
However, while it is believed that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils, it is expected that schools use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
Sex and relationship education
Sex and relationship education (SRE) is an important part of PSHE education and is statutory in maintained secondary schools. From September 2020 it became compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.
When any school provides SRE they must have regard to the Secretary of State’s guidance; this is a statutory duty.
Personal, Social and Health Education is fundamental to the development of the individual potential in all our children. It includes the social, emotional, physical, moral and intellectual aspects of growth. It is recognised at All Saints’ as crucial to our children’s development as responsible, confident and considerate people. PSHE provides the means by which young children are taught to reflect upon themselves and their behaviour towards others. It happens both formally in weekly timetabled lessons and many PSHE topics are also taught within other subject areas and as part of cross-curricular projects : Science, Geography, RE, English and History.
Citizenship is also a crucial part of the PSHE framework and we emphasise the development of social and moral responsibility, community involvement and some basic aspects of political literacy e.g. knowing what democracy is and about the basic institutions that support it both locally and nationally. For example in Year 5 pupils attend either in person or virtually a Junior Citizen Event run by Wandsworth LA. PSHE will also be addressed on a daily basis as questions and incidents arise. At times, teachers may choose to hold an additional circle-time session in response to a particular event or issue.
We are dedicated to the emotional well-being of our children, using Barnardo’s PATHS programme introducing it gradually in Nursery and Reception from Year 1 upwards the programme is taught more regularly in PSHE lessons. Child of the day (or similar) operates in classes across the school (more consistently from Year 1); this gives children and teachers the opportunity to provide compliments for a child, the child also learns to compliment themselves which is great for their growing self-esteem. These compliments are also shared with parents. When available PATHS training courses are also available for Parents to support their understanding of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), parents have attended these courses over the past year.
Class teachers are including 5 to 10 minute meditation sessions during the school day to contribute to mindfulness and emotional health. To support children with building firm relationships and understanding the importance of team work, residential trips are organised for Years 4, 5 and 6.
At the core of PSHE are 5 key dimensions that make up Emotional Literacy and enable each of us to fulfil our potential. These components underlie every aspect of our daily life:
• Managing feelings
• Social skills
Your child may be asked to attend a smaller group to further support their SEL these focus on the five key dimensions too.
The school offers a wide range of clubs (extra-curricular activity) which promote health and wellbeing, for example this term in addition to Sports Clubs, Drama, Dance, Singing and Music, Wellbeing through Art and Cooking.
Assemblies provide a daily opportunity to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, promoting the school’s values and celebrating achievement. Each half term a whole school assembly introduces a new theme linked to one of the core values of our vision and ethos.
Our Core Values