The intent of PSHE education at Queensway is to be accessible and meet the needs of all, whilst being focused around experiences of our pupils. The ambitious curriculum is designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Through PSHE lessons, the children will develop an understanding of risk, knowledge and skills to make safe and informed decisions and develop their sense of self-worth through contributing to both school life and the wider community. To ensure that a balanced and broadly-based curriculum is being taught, teachers will cover Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE) whilst also promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Through this deeper understanding, the children will be able to become safer, happier and inspired members of a diverse society and responsible global citizens.
PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
PSHE Association July 2013
At Queensway we will be following the "YOU, ME & PSHE" curriculum programme to teach and develop PSHE.
In our PSHE lessons, we draw on our BRITISH VALUES programme and our GOVERNMENT teaching. We consider how to keep ourselves and others SAFE, such as our SAFEGUARDING systems and education. We ensure that our children have a good understanding on how to look after themselves, including their own health via teaching about diet, exercise, drugs and alcohol. We teach personal development through positive relationship education, which progresses towards puberty and sex education in upper Key Stage 2. We celebrate DEMOCRACY and reinforce this via our voting and election systems in school for positions such as SCHOOL COUNCIL , who themselves form a key part of PSHE in school: acting as student voice and a very important bridge between staff direction and children's feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Classes have PSHE timetabled as part of their curriculum learning and we also build it into special enrichment opportunities, days and celebrations, where particular elements are focused on in more detail. These opportunities, like our Christmas Concert, charity events (eg: Red Nose Day, Remembrance Day) all go towards developing awareness of community, national and global issues.