PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH EDUCATION (PSHE)
Personal, Social, Health Education is an important area of the curriculum that helps children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through PSHE pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. The personal and social development of pupils is a central aim of our curriculum.
Through a carefully planned programme, supported by all who work in or with the school, we want children to leave Widewell Primary Academy able to:
• Think critically
• Express opinions confidently
• Be self-reliant
• Be self-motivated
• Be self-disciplined
• Take responsibility
• Make choices within a moral context
• Have clear values and attitudes
• Be able to co-operate with others
• Make and sustain good relationships
• Have a healthy lifestyle
• Be safe
• Understand and be able to articulate British Values
Whole school systems emphasising praise, recognition and reward exist to promote and celebrate positive behaviour and sustained effort and hard work. Perhaps, most importantly, we want pupils to leave our school with feelings of self-confidence, self-worth and high self-esteem. We are committed to the health, safety and emotional well-being of all our pupils and staff and are proud to be recognised as a Healthy School having met national standards. The National Healthy Schools Programme supports the link between health, behaviour and achievement and is about creating healthy and happy children who do better in learning and life.
We have a School Parliament recognising the importance of pupils having a voice in decisions that affect them. The Parliament is made up of elected members from each class, and representatives from the staff. It represents the pupils and puts forward new ideas, suggestions and ways of solving issues. The children have recently reviewed the House Point system and the prizes given out for accumulation of points.
RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION
Effective Relationships & Sex Education (R&SE) is crucial to developing and maintaining emotional and physical health. At Widewell Primary Academy, R&SE is provided through the Personal, Social and Health Education & Citizenship Framework. The curriculum for R&SE is planned to ensure pupils receive their sex education in the wider context of relationships, and are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life. We believe that the teaching of sex education should be complementary and supportive to the role of parents, and should have regard to parents’ views on its content and presentation. Our R&SE programme is designed to meet DFE guidance and is set within the context of the National Healthy School Programme (NHSP) to ensure effective provision. For Year 6 pupils Sex Education is provided by class teachers with the support of health professionals in a way that encourages pupils to consider morals and the value of family life.
As a school we have a legal duty to ensure that children are protected from teaching and materials which are inappropriate, having regard to the age, religion and cultural background of our pupils. Parents are informed in writing prior to the teaching of Sex Education and will be given the opportunity to see teaching materials to be used, and receive explanations of the way in which it is proposed to use them in the classroom Teachers are trained and appropriately supported, to be able to teach R&SE with confidence. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of any Sex Education provided, but not from teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary under National Curriculum Science. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child they should put their request in writing to the Headteacher - a reason for this decision is not necessary.