St Philip Westbrook C of E Primary School

St Philip Westbrook C of E Primary School"Together we aim high and with God's love we can fly"

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education

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Adults know pupils extremely well and are very attentive to their emotional well-being. Your Christian values are integral to this and are the guiding principles by which you support and develop the growth of emotional and personal development. Values such as‘Respect, trust, compassion, fellowship and fairness’ are evident throughout the school. In lessons and around school, adults and children take every opportunity to reinforce their school values and give them an everyday meaning.
Ofsted Report 2018

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 have developed a school scheme of work using resources from professional bodies, these includes the PSHE Association, Think U Know, NSPCC and others. The curriculum aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

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

Useful Information Sources
action-for-happiness Action for Happiness – Guidance for happier living relating to positive mental health.
nas-logo National Autistic Society – Support and guidance for parents.
young-minds Young Minds – Support and advice for parents and children in all aspects of emotions and behaviour including sleep, anxiety, problems at school, bullying etc. Helpline available.
thinkuknownow Parent Support– Guidance to protect  your child from online abuse, including how to report. Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – their main site for advice, help and to report an issue. Anti-Bullying Alliance – this is an alliance of over 60 organisations, who work together to stop bullying and create safer environments for children and young people.
childline Childline – Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to bullying, child abuse etc.
beat eating disorders Beat – Information on all aspects of eating disorders including helplines.