Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE is not a statutory subject and so does not have the statutory outcomes that other subjects have and that are laid out in the National Curriculum.
However, the DFE states: Personal, social, health … education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice,
and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum. The DFE expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in
statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
We aim to help children at school develop into responsible, caring and respectful members of the community. PSHE is central to every activity in school. Through our school ethos and
the relationships we promote with children and colleagues, we foster pupils’ self-esteem, moral and social skills and care for their mental and physical health.
We ensure that elements of PSHE integrated throughout the school day and week, responding to the spontaneous needs of children when dealing with relationships and general social
situations we find ourselves in as part of a school community. Elements are also included in whole school and class Collective Worship, and other curriculum subjects, such as
Physical Education, Computing and E-safety, Science and Religious Education. However, we also teach PSHE as a discreet subject. For this we use the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work.
Much of the learning is through discussion, and is creative. Children’s work in PSHE is recorded in a whole class big book.
We have worked with a variety of partners to support our delivery of PSHE, including Dream Arts, the MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it) organisation, the School Nurse Team and
our family therapist from the Anna Freud Centre.
At St Gabriel’s, as well as focusing on the children’s own wellbeing (for example highlighting mental health with #helloyellow day) we also look beyond ourselves, looking to local,
national and international issues (e.g. Remembrance week, Climate Change protests in central London) and issues that may affect others that are not as fortunate as ourselves.
We have raised money for a variety of Charities (for example Green for Grenfell, Save The Children, Children in Need, Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal) and during Harvest we collect
food and other items to support the Passage Charity for Homeless people.
We hold the Healthy Schools London and Healthy Early Years London awards, recognising and celebrating our achievements in child health, wellbeing and development and the real
difference this makes for our pupils. Getting a good start in life, building emotional resilience and getting maximum benefit from education are the most important markers for good
health and wellbeing throughout life.
LINK TO PSHE POLICY
Links to support my child:
PSHE and Citizenship KS1
PSHE and Citizenship KS2