Subject Co-ordinator: Helen Mayhew
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE at St Joseph’s is deemed a vital part of the curriculum and we aim to equip them with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. We have an increasing number of children who have SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) needs and many vulnerable families who are accessing support from agencies and services outside of school, for example the Mental Health Support Trust. Consequently PSHE has been prioritised across the school to reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by our pupils, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve.
At St Joseph’s we ensure that PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
At St Joseph’s, we aim to incorporate PSHE into the everyday curriculum as much as possible, for example through RE, collective worship and other curriculum areas like PE and Science and extra curricular clubs, as well as teaching it as a distinct subject where appropriate. Ultimately, we aim to make a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety as well as our statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.
Some PSHE will be taught through subjects such as RE and Science, but where appropriate we teach distinct and separate PSHE lessons to ensure that all of the following core themes are covered across all key stages:
We teach PSHE through the Ten:Ten programme, which is a leading provider of faith-based resources for Catholic primary schools.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
Our approach to RSE is rooted in the Catholic Church’s Teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christian ideals. Following the Guidance of the Bishops Of England and Wales and as advocated by the DFE, RSE will be firmly embedded in our programme of Personal, Social and Health Education
(PSHE) as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical,
spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils.
RSE at St Joseph's is also taught through the Ten:Ten Catholic programme, a leading provider of faith-based resources for Catholic primary schools
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RSE is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It should equip children and young people with the information, skills and positive values to have
safe, fulfilling relationships, to enjoy their sexuality and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being.
By the end of Primary School, children are expected to have been taught about the following
Families and People Who Care for me
Please see our RSE policy for further details (link to policies page below)