Subject Leader: Mrs McArthur
Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education) and Citizenship in the primary school are planned programmes of learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. PSHE education and Citizenship equip children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. PSHE education provides a focus on the personal dimension and Citizenship a focus on the public dimension.
The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) provide a framework and ideas for teaching key aspects or “domains” of emotional intelligence. PSHE education, Citizenship and SEAL enable children to reflect on and clarify their own values, attitudes and feelings and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. This area of the curriculum makes a significant contribution to meeting the Every Child Matters outcomes and supporting schools in meeting statutory responsibilities to promote well-being, achieve the curriculum aims and promote community cohesion.
- To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and provide opportunities for learning in line with the aims of the National Curriculum.
- To promote the personal development of all pupils in order to support their ability to learn and achieve. The teaching of PSHE in the taught and caught curriculum is fundamental to meeting these aims.
- To deliver PSHE in line with the school’s aims, values and moral framework which are sensitive to the needs and beliefs of pupils, parents/carers and other members of the school community. This will be delivered within the school’s agreed equal opportunities framework.
- To develop pupils’ confidence and responsibility and to make the most of their abilities.
- To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens.
- To support pupils in developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.
- To support pupils in developing emotional awareness and a healthy self-esteem as the foundation for positive relationships.
- Encouragement to take part in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
- Encourage children to find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives.
- Discuss spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.