Personal, Social & Health Education
“Effective PSHE education should equip children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives”
Sir Alasdair Macdonald
P.S.H.E. and citizenship covers all aspects of personal, social and health education. P.S.H.E. gives pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
The P.S.H.E. and citizenship framework comprises of four interrelated strands. These are;
Citizenship: Preparing to play an active role as citizens
Lifestyle: Developing a healthy, safer, lifestyle
Relationships: Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
Personal Development: Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities.
The National Curriculum states that P.S.H.E. and Citizenship is about giving a child the tools to recognise their own self worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own personal and social experiences, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and responsibilities, their rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are essential part of life and learning.
P.S.H.E. promotes the development of positive self-esteem and self-confidence so that children achieve their maximum potential, and become independent, while also developing a sense of responsibility about themselves and their actions and how their actions affect others.
The Personal Development and Relationship strand is extended further through the Eaton Square ‘Learning through experience’ residential trips programme. Pupils in Year Three go to Hindleap Warren, an outdoor education centre in East Sussex. Year Four and Five go to La Clusaz in France for a ski trip and French cultural experience; Year Six go to Italy as part of their History, Religious Education ,and Latin Curriculum , Year Seven go to The Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy France for a week and Year Eight have a Geography field trip to Flatford Mill. Residential trips as part of the curriculum are extremely valuable experiences for all pupils.
Assessment in PSHE and Citizenship is active and participatory. It helps children to recognise the progress they are making in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding. Children learn how to ask questions, make judgments about their needs and strengths, reflect on their experiences and set personal targets.