PSHE and SRE
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
There is now a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) are critical to ensuring children are effective learners. These skills and attitudes are so important in unlocking pupils' potential, helping to raise achievement and closing the gap in educational attainment.
As part of your child’s educational experience here at St Michaels, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
The Department for Education made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:
The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.
Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, became statutory and forms part of the National Curriculum.
At St. Michaels we reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we could be sure our RSE curriculum is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural background
- Special educational needs and disability
At St Michael's we follow SCARF as a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially.
Elements of P.S.H.E. and Citizenship are taught as separate subjects as well as integrated in to all areas of the curriculum and the life of the school.
Please see our whole school curriculum map and our skills progression document to see how we deliver PSHE at St Michael's as this will help you to see the content that will be delivered to your child as they progress through the school.
Whole school curriculum overview
PSHE skills progression document
PSHE powerpoint shared to parents May 2020
We have recently received the Mode Shift Stars Bronze Award for our work to encourage fewer cars on the road around our school and for getting our families and staff to walk, cycle or scoot more!
Click below for the latest Dept. of Transport leaflet and key messages we have been giving to children in assemblies:
Monday 19th – Friday 23rd February
The aim of this week is to raise awareness amongst the children of the importance of positive well being and happiness. We will also encourage and support children to build resilience through developing positive coping strategies and becoming aware of the importance of talking about their feelings.
It also links to our Spring Term Christian Values of Peace and Hope.
It will be a jam packed week full of fun activities for each class. Below is a timetable of whole school activities. Running alongside this, each class will have a circle time to focus on the childrens’ support network and who to turn to if they are finding things difficult. There will also be plenty of opportunities for children to work together on practical activities, to strengthen relationships in class. Mindfulness sessions and activities will also be taking place throughout the week.
Pupil voice was very important when planning the week, and as a result, we will be running a ‘cinema afternoon’. The whole school will watch Inside Out in the school hall. This Disney film focuses on emotions.
Staff are still busy planning wellbeing activities so do watch this space to find out more!
This week will be a fantastic opportunity for the school to focus on the positive emotional well-being of each and every child in school.
We Love The Life Bus!
Through annual visits of the Coram Life Education - or the Life Bus - children explore factors affecting physical and emotional well-being, including hygiene, healthy eating, positive relationships, self-worth, decision making and drugs, such as medicines, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and illegal substances. Coram Life is the only national programme that directly helps schools deliver age-appropriate drug awareness education across the primary age range.
Clicking on the link above will take you to the Coram Life Education website where you can look at the Programme Overview and more.