At Lavendon School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. We recognise that our children enter school from a range of different settings and increasingly from culturally diverse backgrounds. We encourage children from an early age to celebrate this diversity, building communities within each classroom as well as across the school. We teach discrete lessons which also include Protective behaviours and Restorative Practice.
The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social development) is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins all other learning. Through our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.
We feel it is an important part of children’s education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about their rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live. This learning is through discrete, focussed sessions and threaded throughout the rest of the curriculum to embed the learning.
We actively encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. We hold a democratic voting system for peers to vote for their peers to join pupil voice groups such as School Council.
Clear sequential progression in teaching ensures skills and knowledge are built upon systematically and by merging our PSHE, SMSC (spiritual, moral, social, cultural) and RSE (relationship and sex education) curriculum at Lavendon School, we believe this facilitates the active promotion of, and provides, the opportunity for children to also understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance).
By the end of KS2 the PSHE lessons will prepare children for being good citizens. They will develop emotional intelligence and the ability to articulate their feelings in order to maintain good mental health as well as understanding the importance of their physical health and being healthy. Using a whole school, supportive strategy, the children will become resilient, flexible learners, knowledgeable for their future lives in the community.