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PSHE

St Mabyn Church of England Primary School

PSHE Curriculum

At St Mabyn school, through God’s love we learn, grow and flourish together.

Intent

Our intent is to meet all statutory requirements to protect and nurture all pupils and to provide:-

“ an education which enables pupils to flourish and is set in a learning community where differences of lifestyle and opinion (within that which is permissible under UK law are treated with dignity and respect; bullying of all kinds is eliminated; and where pupils are free to be themselves and fulfil their potential without fear…

Everyone will be treated with dignity as all people are made in the image of God and loved equally by God. (Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex education (RSE and Health Education (RSHE in Church of England Schools 2019)

Pupils will be taught to

‘embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support ( Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education DfE)

In order to achieve this we intend to follow the principles embedded in the Church of England Charter

  1. To work in partnership with parents and carers. This will involve dialogue with parents and carers through all stages of policy development as well as discussing the resources used to teach their children and how they can contribute at home. It must, however, be recognised that the law specifies that what is taught and how it is taught is ultimately a decision for the school.
  2. That RSHE will be delivered professionally and as an identifiable part of PSHE. It will be led, resourced and reported to parents in the same way as any other subject. There will be a planned programme delivered in a carefully sequenced way. Staff will receive regular training in RSHE and PSHE. Any expert visitors or trainers invited into the school to enhance and supplement the programme will be expected to respect the schools published policy for RSHE.
  3. That RSHE will be delivered in a way that affords dignity and shows respect to all who make up our diverse community. It will not discriminate against any of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act[1] and will be sensitive to the faith and beliefs of those in the wider school community. RSHE will seek to explain fairly the tenets and varying interpretations of religious communities on matters of sex and relationships and teach these viewpoints with respect. It will value the importance of faithfulness as the underpinning and backdrop for relationships. It will encourage pupils to develop the skills needed to disagree without being disagreeable, to appreciate the lived experience of other people and to live well together.
  4. That RSHE will seek to build resilience in our pupils to help them form healthy relationships, to keep themselves safe and resist the harmful influence of pornography in all its forms. It will give pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences including their peers, the media, the internet, faith and culture that may have shaped their attitudes to gender, relationships and sex. It will promote the development of the wisdom and skills our pupils need to make their own informed decisions.
  5. That RSHE will promote healthy resilient relationships set in the context of character and virtue development. It will reflect the vision and associated values of the school, promote reverence for the gift of human sexuality and encourage relationships that are hopeful and aspirational. Based on the school’s values it will seek to develop character within a moral framework based on virtues such as honesty, integrity, self-control, courage, humility, kindness, forgiveness, generosity and a sense of justice but does not seek to teach only one moral position.
  6. That RSHE will be based on honest and medically accurate information from reliable sources of information, including about the law and legal rights. It will distinguish between different types of knowledge and opinions so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health as appropriate to their age and maturity.
  7. That RSHE will seek to build resilience in our pupils to help them form healthy relationships, to keep themselves safe and resist the harmful influence of pornography in all its forms. It will give pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences including their peers, the media, the internet, faith and culture that may have shaped their attitudes to gender, relationships and sex. It will promote the development of the wisdom and skills our pupils need to make their own informed decisions.
  8. That RSHE will promote healthy resilient relationships set in the context of character and virtue development. It will reflect the vision and associated values of the school, promote reverence for the gift of human sexuality and encourage relationships that are hopeful and aspirational. Based on the school’s values it will seek to develop character within a moral framework based on virtues such as honesty, integrity, self-control, courage, humility, kindness, forgiveness, generosity and a sense of justice but does not seek to teach only one moral position.
  9. That RSHE will be based on honest and medically accurate information from reliable sources of information, including about the law and legal rights. It will distinguish between different types of knowledge and opinions so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health as appropriate to their age and maturity.
  10. To take a particular care to meet the individual needs of all pupils including those with special needs and disabilities. It will ensure that lessons and any resources used will be accessible and sensitive to the learning needs of the individual child. We acknowledge the potential vulnerability of pupils who have special needs and disabilities (SEND) and recognise the possibilities and rights of SEND pupils to high quality relationships and sex education.
  11. To seek pupils’ views about RSHE so that the teaching can be made relevant to their lives. It will discuss real life issues relating to the age and stage of pupils, including friendships, families, faith, consent, relationship abuse, exploitation and safe relationships online. This will be carefully targeted and age appropriate based on a teacher judgment about pupil readiness for this information in consultation with parents and carers.

Implement

At St Mabyn School, we teach RSHE as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity within our school context.

“Schools are free to determine how to deliver the content set out in the DfE guidance 2019 in the context of a broad and balanced curriculum. Effective teaching in these subjects will ensure that core knowledge is broken down into units of manageable size and communicated clearly to pupils, in a carefully sequenced way, within a planned programme of lessons.”

DfE Guidance p.8

At St Mabyn School we value RSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme.

Our provision is an age appropriate, sequenced programme to include the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships focusing on family and friendships, both on and offline and with a focus on mental well- being. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme. Schools may decide to use a scheme like Jigsaw, Christopher Winter resources or the newly launched Cornwall PSHE Scheme, which is fully aligned to the statutory requirements or have a flexible approach, which combines elements from different schemes to meet the real life school context.

Relationships Education

We define Relationships Education for our school after consultation with staff, parents and our SMC as learning about different families and communities, respecting that all families are different but share common values of love and commitment and learn about safe trusted relationships both in the real world and online.

Health Education

We define Health Education, for our school after consultation with staff, parents and our SMC as learning how to keep ourselves mentally and physically fit and well, in the real and online world, understanding the triggers for poor health.

Sex Education

We define Sex Education, for our school after consultation with staff, parents and our SMC as learning about, changes that occur to our body as we grow up particularly in puberty, human reproduction and how a baby is made using age appropriate language and resources which are explored within a ‘safe’ and non-judgmental environment.

At St Mabyn school we will adapt the Cornwall Healthy schools programme to met the needs of our children using progressive and sequenced units of learning in a rolling programme.