What is PSHE education?

The 2014 Curriculum states that;

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

Year 3 pupils highlighting ‘people who help us’

Aims of PSHE and Citizenship Education

            at Gorsemoor Primary School

Our school mission statement reflects what we hope to achieve in PSHE and Citizenship.

We want our children to develop self- awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to;

- stay as healthy as possible

- keep themselves and others safe

- have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships

- respect the differences between people

- develop independence and responsibility

- play an active role as members of a democratic society

- make the most of their own abilities and those of others

- behave in a socially and morally acceptable way including     towards authority and each other

- to become involved in the life of their community

- to know about democracy and how to be an active citizens

- to know about economic wellbeing.

 We want our children to: -

- value the achievements they make, and the achievements     of others

- make informed choices about dealing with risks and meeting challenges now and in the future.

- decide on values by which they want to live their lives.

Our school curriculum and ethos promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares all pupils for the opportunities and responsibilities within their lives.

Personal, Social and Health Education including Citizenship

Phil Eccleston, an ex-policeman, leads discussions about ‘Bullying’, ‘Vandalism’ (Year 4),  ‘Drugs’ (Years 5 and 6) ‘People who help us: Police’ and ‘Stranger danger’ (KS1).

Year 5 pupils provided all the posters for this ‘Drugs’ display.

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Year 5 Drugs display photos

PSHE at Gorsemoor

PSHE encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social and health development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It is very closely linked with Every Child Matters, S.M.S.C., and encompasses our work within Citizenship, Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning (S.E.A.L.) and towards National Healthy Schools Status.

Parental and Community Involvement

Parents are invited to join in events in school. Working with parents is a vital part of the whole school approach to PSHE and Citizenship.

There will also be links with local businesses, councillors and our M.P. as part of the work in Citizenship. We also work closely with the local church, and have strong links with the vicar and minister.

We involve outside agencies e.g. School Health Advisors, School Police liaison officer, dental health advisors etc. as much as possible to deliver aspects of the curriculum. These are highlighted in our scheme of work for PSHE and Citizenship.

This school believes that partnership with parents and the community enables us to receive specialist support and information to plan the best possible PSHE and Citizenship curriculum for our children.