PSHE refers to Personal, Social, Health and Economic education as well as Relationship Education, Health and Education and Sex Education; the initialism ‘PSHE’ encompasses all aforementioned subjects.
PSHE is at the centre of what we do at our school. We have adopted a whole school approach to PSHE closely linked to our school values. Through the curriculum, school environment and school ethos, we promote self-esteem and emotional health and well-being. All members of our staff team are united in the care, support and nurturing of our children, which enables them to become respectful, independent and confident citizens of the future.
PSHE is taught in three units a year: Health and Wellbeing (autumn term), Living in the Wider World (spring term), and Relationships (summer term). The Nyewood CE Junior School PSHE curriculum is built from West Sussex County Council’s ‘Education For Safeguarding’ which allows children to learn the skills that equip them to make safe choices throughout their life, both now and in their futures. Whilst some of the concepts taught through PSHE may seem mature, it is important that the children are exposed to each of them to offer a broad PSHE curriculum which positively impacts their health and wellbeing long term, as well as considering safe guarding. In some areas, where appropriate, points will be discussed through story and through situations happening to characters so that children can access and engage with the material at hand. With this in mind, however, it is important to not shy away from ‘difficult’ or more mature topics, rather dealing with them in an age-appropriate way which engages the children and allows them to access the material.
Where possible, we invite visitors in to support and further enrich our teaching of PSHE, for example the NSPCC or our local Prevention Youth Officer.