Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE Education) and Citizenship in the primary school are planned programmes of learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. PSHE Education and Citizenship equip children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. PSHE Education provides a focus on the personal dimension and Citizenship a focus on the public dimension. It also provides a framework and ideas for teaching key aspects or ‘domains’ of emotional intelligence. PSHE and Citizenship enables children to reflect on and clarify their own values, attitudes and feelings and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHE and Citizenship is embedded within all areas of school life in Christ Church and is underpinned by the Christian values of the school. It supports schools in meeting statutory responsibilities to promote personal development, behaviour and welfare. It supports the social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) curriculum.
Content, organisation and planning of PSHE and Citizenship
As well as the school ethos which is built on our Christian values, SMSC and British values, there are different strands to the delivery of PSHE and Citizenship:
1) The discrete PSHE curriculum with a clear Scheme of Work – taught through the Jigsaw programme
2) Teaching PSHE through, or linking it with, other curriculum areas.
3) Active citizenship projects
4) Whole school events which are built into the school calendar
5) The school’s Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy