Educating the Mind without educating the Heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) enables children to acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes they need to manage their lives successfully. PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of the local and global society in which they live.
At Brockwell Junior School, we believe the role of PSHE is significant to individual pupil motivation and achievement; it teaches children to make independent, healthy, confident and respectful choices in order to develop into an active citizen with a strong, positive disposition and self-worth.
Nurture, learning support and therapeutic provision helps some children build protective and positive relationships and develop positive self-esteem thereby enabling them to learn and play feeling more secure and to be resilient.
PSHE draws together many strands that contribute to the coverage of SMC. These include Citizenship, Health, Sex & Relationships and other examples such as the Get Set values of the Olympics that we continue to celebrate through ‘Spirit of the Games’ and school core values.
Our curriculum includes planned learning experiences within our Personal & Social Education (PSHE) and Relationships Education. It also includes the day to day guidance, advice and language modelled by staff in the school. For example, we talk about respect and giving consent for things as routine. Assemblies and drama are often used to raise awareness of key issues and give children the opportunity to develop skills they may need in real life. Children learn how to ask for help if they are worried and how to become assertive and able to resist pressure.
The NSPCC deliver the Speak Out Stay Safe programme. The Sports Partnership deliver programmes to promote healthy choices and road safety sessions which include ‘Bikeability’ from Year 3. Online Safety teaching and messages are routinely part of the curriculum. We promote friendship and anti-bullying strategies through an annual campaign, alongside the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Participating in Forest Schools is PSHE enrichment embedded within the Key Stage.
Children develop responsibility and self-belief through the numerous opportunities to participate. Mini Leaders, Travel Ambassadors, Club Leaders, Bronze Ambassadors, STEM Ambassadors, School Councilors, Green Team and Friendship Leaders are examples of roles we routinely have in school.