At St Philip’s we have a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) curriculum that is specifically taught in all year groups in addition to being embedded within all areas of school life; as a school we place a strong emphasis upon children’s personal growth, well being and happiness. We aim to build self esteem, resilience and empathy, and to develop well rounded, responsible British citizens for the future who are able to make safe and informed decisions.
The PSHE curriculum is planned to ensure that it is progressive across the school, with themes that are revisited to build, strengthen and deepen children’s knowledge, skills and attributes.
As with all of our curriculum, we personalise the PSHE curriculum according to children’s needs whilst following the guidance from the PSHE Association. We use up to date resources from a wide range of organisations and charities such as the NSPCC, Childline, Youth Mental First Aid and thinkuknow to support learning and teaching. The curriculum is also greatly enhanced by visitors into school including the police, fire service, members of the local community, the school nurse, clergy, representatives from charities and organisations, and visiting theatres and concert hosts.
Mental health is a focus within our curriculum and is thoughtfully and carefully planned for both within our scheme of work and throughout school life, including daily acts of worship. We define mental health as ‘The emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own, and others, dignity and worth.’ (Mental health promotion: a quality framework, Health Education Authority 1997)
We keep parents up to date with ways to support their children in PSHE development through our weekly newsletter, the website, our Twitter feed, teacher meetings, and personalised support where necessary.
Useful Links for Parents – Many of the links also provide contact helplines