Although not a statutory subject, personal, social, health and economics (PSHE) education is a key part of our learning at St James Hatcham.
We recognise that PSHE is essential for the development of every child and have made it an integral part of the curriculum. Research has shown that children who are emotionally healthy do better at school. We want our children to have and understand their place within the world, as well as being able to reach their full potential whilst dealing with everyday challenges in the most effective way possible.
As a school, we follow PIXL (Partners in Excellence) Mind to Be Kind and the PSHE Association guidance to ensure that we address PSHE in the most appropriate way for our children. The Lifesavers Programme (Economic learning) and the Christopher Winters Programme (Sex Education) also supplement the programme developed by the PSHE Association. PSHE is not a standalone subject and will always appear and be referred to within the rest of our curriculum. We supplement all PSHE by working to understand, explore and constantly refer to the Rights of the Child (as a Silver Rights Respecting School) and the Zones of Regulation. Alongside our PSHE lessons children will also take part in circle time sessions, pupil of the day and share their thoughts and feelings through pupil voice opportunities, pupil surveys and the School Council.
At St James Hatcham, we believe that it is vital to go beyond the essential learning outcomes identified in the statutory DfE guidance ‘Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and Health Education’.
RSE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE). We use Christopher Winter resources to deliver RSE from Reception to Year 6. The Sex Education element of the resource is in line with the Science curriculum. Lessons on puberty form part of statutory Health Education.
Our Christian values underpin our ethos; “…to provide a sound foundation for each and every child to realise their potential and enjoy fullness of life, both here at school and in their futures”. This is underpinned by two key Biblical passages:
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. (Genesis I:27, NRSV)
I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.
(John 10:10, GNB)
The Church of England’s ‘Vision for Education document’ clearly references that good education must promote “life in all its fullness”. The focus on the education and development of the whole child is essential to this, enabling children to learn and grow to become the best that they can be. (Article 29, United Nations Rights of the Child)
"For Church schools, RSE is about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, healthy relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It is also about the spiritual and moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vison for the purpose of life.” (Church of England Education Office Response to a Call for Evidence on RSE Curriculum, p1)
Our sex education programme is tailored to the age and the physical maturity of the pupils and promote the school vision and develop equality and justice.