Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is an integral and necessary part of our pupils’ education. Although non- statutory, the expectation to teach PSHE is outlined in the new National Curriculum 2014, with quality provision to be implemented by schools. At Coupe Green, we believe the ultimate aim of PSHE is to ensure that children are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure that they can keep themselves safe in every situation in later life. We believe good PSHE education allows children to:
* Safeguard themselves against dangers
* Take healthy risks
* Make good choices and decisions both in and out of school
* Have confidence
* Understand themselves and their bodies
* Communicate in a range of situations and develop social skills
* Have self- respect and respect for others
* Recognise their self – worth, positive attributes and have ambitions
We see the importance of developing the whole child to ensure our children leave school as well-rounded individuals who are prepared for later life. We currently follow Lancashire’s ‘Live Well, Learn Well’ PSHE syllabus, which is split into 12 core units taught on a rolling programme throughout the year. It is embedded through every subject we teach however each class has an allocated session each week. We use daily assemblies as an opportunity to develop these skills as well.
Growing, Changing and Healthy Relationship Education
At Coupe Green, Growing, Changing and Healthy Relationship education (formerly known as Sex and Relationship Education) is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. This is taught in all year groups in a progressive way. Whilst our science curriculum looks at the scientific process of reproduction of humans, plants and animals, we also explore the changes that happen to our bodies as we grow older, the types of relationships we have and how to deal with them in PSHE lessons. We tackle issues surrounding individual responsibility, self- respect, respecting others, body image and morality. The content and way this is delivered, largely depends on the needs, maturity and age of each individual child within a year group. We also work with the school nurse to provide support where needed.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, the focus is on developing positive relationships with other e.g. falling out, getting along, how to respect and treat each other (friends, family and siblings) etc. Children will learn the technical names for body parts, how they have changed since being born and all about the families they live in. The matters around reproduction are discussed in later years.
In Key Stage 2, although we are not a faith school, we promote Growing, Changing and Healthy Relationships education with a Christian ethos, advocating loving relationships and marriage.
Parents and guardians of Years 6 are given the opportunity to meet staff who will deliver these sessions to explain what will be taught, how they will be taught (parent can view resources used) and how questions and issues will be dealt with. Parents/guardians have the right to withdraw their child from the sex education part of our school curriculum. However as a school we believe that pupils do need to leave school equipped with the knowledge of the changes that will happen to their bodies and have the necessary skills to deal with them.