PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employ-ability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
PSHE education can also help to reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by pupils, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. The PSHE education programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety, and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing. In addition, the learning provided through a comprehensive PSHE education provision is essential to safeguarding pupils, as Ofsted has set out.
The intent for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
During Key Stages 1 and 2, PSHE education offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness as they move through the primary phase. It builds on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online. PSHE education helps pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.
We have started to use the Westminster Healthy Schools and Health Education Partnership's Programme of Study to help us structure and implement PSHE sessions through the teaching and learning of 3 core themes:
1. Health and Wellbeing
3. Living in the Wider World
PSHE is also exampled through being excellent role models for our children; and, it is interwoven into our assemblies and at other key times over the year, e.g. National Smile Week provides a good focus for learning about oral hygiene under the Health and Wellbeing core theme.