ACCRINGTON BENJAMIN HARGREAVES CE(VA) PRIMARY SCHOOL
PSHE and Citizenship Policy
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals, enabling them to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), with Citizenship is concerned with providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels. It helps them become informed, thoughtful and responsible individuals who are aware of their duties and rights. It also promotes their spiritual, personal, moral, social and cultural development, which enables them to play an active and healthy part in the life of our School, their community and the world.
The aims of this policy are:
Teaching and Learning
This subject is taught mainly through discussion, debate, circle time and, where appropriate, first hand experiences including inviting visitors and other agencies into School.
School provides experiences that will have maximum impact on learning through developing confidence, encouraging an active role and developing good, respectful relationships.
Teaching methods are designed to encourage sharing ideas as part of a group and listening and respecting the views of others.
The PSHE Co-ordinator has the responsibility for promoting and developing PSHE across the School within the School’s Development Plan, monitoring the effectiveness of teaching and learning and the use of resources. A two-year rolling programme(Curriculum Map) for PSHE identifies units of work which last for half a term. This includes the Primary National Strategy ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) materials and other PSHE themes.
PSHE is taught within KS2 in a carousel of activities on Thursday afternoons.
SEAL topics are introduced through whole School assemblies and children have the opportunity to share their experiences in a final assembly at the end of each half term.
PSHE permeates throughout the whole curriculum and issues will be dealt with as they arise.
Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants conduct PSHE lessons in a sensitive manner and in confidence. Children’s questions are answered as honestly and fully as appropriate.
All adults in School are responsible for informing teachers about any concerns about the personal and social development of individual pupils. However, if a child makes reference to anything which gives cause for concern (e.g. sexual abuse, illegal substance use) then clearly such matters cannot remain confidential. Staff will report such incidents to the Designated Senior Person who will decide whether the matter should be dealt with as a child protection issue.
The role of parents and carers
The personal, social and health education of our pupils is a shared responsibility with parents/carers. We acknowledge we need to communicate any concerns over the personal and social development of pupils to parents/carers.
Review Date: June 2017