“Children can benefit enormously from high-quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. Good PSHE supports individual young people to make safe and informed choices.”
At Redhill, it is our intent to teach children about themselves, others and the world around them in order to inspire and develop a sense of wonder - raising their awareness of the wider world and encouraging them to take an active and responsible role in their learning. We want our children to refine their skills in co-operation and develop a mutual respect of and understanding for those around them and their differences – encouraging them to appreciate and celebrate diversity both within school and in the community. Through our PSHCE offer, we aim to develop the children’s understanding of the British Values (democracy, rule of law, tolerance, individual liberty, mutual respect) to allow them to live successfully as an adult in modern Britain - encouraging them to develop their moral compass, giving them the opportunity to recognise the difference between right and wrong and understand the consequences of their actions. Through this, we are allowing them to develop an understanding of the impact their actions have on both themselves and the wider world. As part of everyday life at Redhill, we want to allow children to have a voice and see that they can have an impact and make a change - encouraging their sense of self-worth and preparing them to contribute to society. Through our school values of respect, friendship, responsibility, empathy, honesty and independence, we aim to develop the skills in the children that allow them to be happy, healthy, capable and upstanding citizens within society. More than anything, our intent is to provide a responsive curriculum which meets the needs of our children – giving them an open and safe environment where they feel secure enough to express themselves, ask questions, take part in discussion and develop a strong sense of self-worth. Therefore, promoting positive emotional and mental wellbeing throughout their time at Redhill and beyond.
At Redhill Primary Academy, it is vital to us that this PSHE offer is fully embedded within the ethos of our school – therefore our implementation goes far beyond our PSHE lessons.
As part of our taught curriculum, all classes from Nursery upwards follow the JIGSAW programme. Throughout the year, 5 topics are covered: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me and Relationships. As the JIGSAW programme is a spiral, progressive programme - these topics are repeated each year, gradually increasing in depth and complexity, building on the children’s prior knowledge from previous years. Through this, children are given relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. As a school, we have made the decision to use the Respect Yourself programme as our RSE coverage and therefore we do not cover the sixth JIGSAW topic of Changing Me. Despite following the JIGSAW scheme, we encourage all our staff to be reactive and responsive to the needs of the children in their class – adapting lessons, responding to local/national/global events, picking up on incidental learning opportunities and responding to children’s specific questions or misconceptions.
The Respect Yourself programme has been written by Shropshire Council and was awarded the quality Kitemark standard for good practice by the PSHE Association. The programme was developed in partnership with several Shropshire Schools, their pupils and parents and is now used by many schools in the local area and beyond.
To further prepare the children of Redhill for life in modern Britain, from September 2021 we have introduced the final element of our taught curriculum - the No Outsiders programme. Through this scheme, we are promoting equality and diversity through an ethos of inclusion and tolerance.
Alongside this, there are clear links made between PSHCE and other subjects including Computing through e-safety, science through healthy eating and PE through leading healthy active lifestyles.
As well as our explicit taught lessons, we are proud to offer a broad wider PSHCE offer which helps to develop the children of Redhill into well-rounded individuals. Our Valued Me Programme aims to instil in the children the foundations on which they will build their future – these values run through the whole school and are promoted through classroom displays, assemblies and certificates. Through all of our curriculum and our assemblies, we ensure we are promoting and celebrating the British Values. On top of this, our enrichment weeks further embed the children’s understanding and give them further opportunities in key areas such as British Values, Friendship, Healthy Lifestyles, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Careers and Aspirations.
At Redhill, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE curriculum. Through the successful delivery of our curriculum, our children are confident, resilient, and aspirational individuals who feel safe and secure within their environment. They have a deep knowledge of the key concepts and a secure understanding of safe, healthy relationships, an appreciation of a diverse range of cultures and societies, an understanding of healthy lifestyles and an awareness of how to promote their own positive mental health and wellbeing.
Through an effective PSHE programme, we are tackling barriers to learning, raising aspirations, and improving the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. The skills and attributes developed through PSHE education are shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, particularly among pupils eligible for free school meals, as well as improve employability and boost social mobility.
By the time children leave Redhill, our PSHE offer enables our children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to allow them to independently lead healthy, safe lifestyles within modern Britain. It prepares them for the future and give them the confidence they need to succeed in their later life. In its simplest form, our PSHCE curriculum offer allows our children to develop into well-rounded individuals.