Personal, Social and Economic Education (PSHE)
at Highield J&I School
At Highfield, we believe that PSHE plays a fundamental part in supporting pupils’ academic progress but equally as important, it supports their development and growth into confident and happy citizens. Effective PSHE provision has a significant impact on life chances and academic success. Our intention is that children leave Highfield, with the knowledge, understanding and emotional intelligence that will allow them to flourish and play a positive and active role in our diverse society. It is our belief that excellence in PSHE will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond. As with all curriculum areas, our PSHE curriculum intends to be representative, and support with raising achievement and developing our pupils’ aspirations.
Our PSHE curriculum has been developed around the PSHE association framework which has three core themes: relationships; health and well-being; and living in the wider world. Using this framework, we have developed a clear, comprehensive and personalised scheme of work based on the national curriculum, Highfield’s contextual information and including all of the statutory content for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE).
We have planned, developed and written this curriculum to ensure that the units of work carefully build on previously taught knowledge and skills, enabling pupils to ‘know more and remember more’. We have planned our curriculum content to ensure it represents and promotes diversity and inclusion through the literature, resources and subject content taught. Writing our own curriculum has enabled us to address contextual safeguarding issues and embed school values within and across year groups. The PSHE curriculum is enhanced by collective worship which is based around the school values. We also have planned safeguarding assemblies which support pupils in the retrieval of key PSHE themes such as trusted adults and healthy relationships. Again, these link to some of the contextual information related to Highfield School.
Visits and visitors complement our PSHE curriculum and give pupils access to outside experiences and expertise. Other school responsibilities and activities, such as school council, prefects and head pupils and mentors support the development of pupils’ personal skills. We also provide termly enrichment opportunities that enhance the learning from our PSHE curriculum.
In KS1 and KS2 PSHE is taught weekly and, where appropriate, evidence is recorded in PSHE books. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Personal, Social and Emotional development (PSED) lays the foundation for the EYFS curriculum. Pupils learn through the prime areas of self-regulation, managing self and building relationships. These skills are taught through a combination of focus teaching and opportunities to learn through play.
We believe that the success of the PSHE curriculum will be demonstrated in the pupils themselves. Pupils will be able to not only articulate their learning in PSHE but demonstrate the qualities we are promoting through their day-to-day interactions, their own behaviour and development of their individual characters.
The impact of the curriculum is measured through:
- The way our pupils behave and conduct themselves
- The way our pupils treat those who are different to them
- Willingness to persevere, be resilient and embrace challenges
- To make the right decisions in challenging situations
- Learning behaviour assessments
The contribution they make to our school community.