St. John’s is a Church of England Primary School and acknowledges that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship, as well as Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), are all underpinned by a theology of relationship and are all encompassed in the title ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ (RSE)
We believe that PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens. PSHE flows through all other curriculum areas.
Under the new guidance issued by the DfE, by September 2020, Relationships Education at primary school will be compulsory. Stemming from our belief of what it means to be human, we seek to educate the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally and physically. In order for that to be effective, RSE should always be taught within a broader PSHE education programme.
RSE enhances and is enhanced by learning related to topics including anti-bullying; keeping safe on and off line; keeping physically and mentally healthy, learning about drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and the development of skills and attributes such as communication skills, managing peer pressure, risk management, resilience and decision making.
The aims of PSHE and RSE are to:
· Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils
· Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
· Encourage pupils to value themselves and others
· Allow pupils to acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
· Teach pupils how to make informed choices
· Prepare pupils to be positive and active members of a democratic society
· Teach pupils to understand what constitutes a safe and healthy lifestyle
· Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
· Promote safety in forming and maintaining relationships
· Provide pupils with a toolkit for understanding and managing their emotions
· Provide pupils with the opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and/or the lives of others
· Help pupils to identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, how relationships may affect mental and physical health; and how to stay safe online
· Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
· Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
· Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
· Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies