At Churchfield CE Academy PSHE education is written alongside the National Curriculum, 2014, also ensuring it reflects the rapidly changing world in which our pupils live and learn. The units of work support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. As part of PSHE pupils look at their relationships with others and how they can have an impact on those around them. Pupils are also taught about safeguarding, including online learning through teaching and learning opportunities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
As a school we are also making links with the articles for rights by UNICEF and are working towards our silver award as a Rights Respecting School.
At Churchfield we aim to deliver high quality PSHE teaching, contributing to the pupils’ personal development enabling them to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem. They are taught to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. This aims to enable the pupils to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change both at school and in the wider community.
The teaching helps them to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. To develop an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives. Pupils develop a sense of their rights and the rights of others which leads to a greater respect towards others. We aim to provide a planned, developmental programme of learning throughout the school which allows the pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.
We use a scheme of work for PSHE and Wellbeing education across the school. It covers all of the DfE's new statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education as well as contributing to different subject areas in the National Curriculum. We follow the six suggested half termly units and adapt the scheme of work where necessary to meet the needs of our pupils.
A steering group of children from across the school are working with adults towards the goal of obtaining the silver level Rights Respecting Schools Award. The articles listed in the convention of the rights of the child are being introduced across the curriculum to develop a greater understanding of how a range of aspects can impact on our lives and the lives of others. This leads to discussions of how we can help others, what we can do to make the world a better place and keep ourselves safe. A whole school Curriculum Planning Overview maps the topics for each year group.
Pupils are engaged & interacting in a responsible way demonstrating knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their own lives, the immediate next phase and future adult lives too.
Pupils have developed an awareness, which they can articulate, about differences and people in the wider community. Celebrating cultures provides links to the wider curriculum, British Values and knowledge of life ‘outside the local area’. They can talk about their rights and the rights of others and are learning the articles within the United Nations Convention for the rights of the child (UNCRC).
SEND and PSHE
PSHE education continues to play an important role for learners with SEND — imparting the practical skills, understanding and knowledge they need to lead creative and fulfilling lives and enjoy safe and healthy relationships. Developing the communication skills, vocabulary, strategies and confidence to help identify and manage challenges is crucial.
The PSHE coverage will also be embedded outside the designated lessons using informal opportunities for teaching (such as queuing at lunchtime or on the playground). Activities will be practical and, wherever possible, in context. PSHE can also help to embed policies that apply to the whole school, including language, privacy and touch which some pupils may need extra work on.
As part of our work for UNICEF and the School Council we ensure pupils with SEN are an active part of pupil voice and representatives for SEN are included in all steering groups.