PSHE education helps children develop personally, socially and emotionally. It also teaches them about how to live a healthy life. PSHE education equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. 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.
The PSHE education programme also makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety.
It is not the general policy of the school to give specific lessons solely on this subject, except in Year 6. The materials used and a copy of our Sex Education Policy may be viewed by parents on request. In general, we deal with the subject naturally as it arises when related topics are being taught through Science, RE and PSHE. Children’s questions are answered by teachers and other staff in a sensitive way, and with regard to the child’s age and maturity.
At St Vincent’s we support and educate the children in an understanding of the recognised British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. We actively promote these values through a cross curricular approach which is upheld through our Catholic ethos of having Christ’s example at the centre of our daily lives.
The children are given an understanding of a democratic system at an early age through encouraging them to be involved in decision making within their own classes and making sure their voices are heard. Mock elections are heard for various purposes ranging from the creation of our own St Vincent’s School Parliament, to elections for class representatives for a Liturgy group.
Rule of law
The children are encouraged to respect and uphold rules and understand the reasons for them. All children are familiar with the School’s Golden Rules which form the basis of our Behaviour Policy and the Catholic ethos of the school gives them a firm bedrock of understanding right from wrong. We use a restorative justice approach when dealing with conflicts and encourage all children to articulate their view point and respect others. We have regular visits from the local community Police Officers as part of our PSHE programme.
It is important for children to feel valued in order to flourish. At St Vincent’s we develop self-esteem and self -confidence by encouraging positive risk taking and creative thinking. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and we have a strong anti-bullying culture. Children are encouraged to voice any concerns and will always have their views listened to.
Respect and Tolerance
We help the children acquire understanding of different faiths through our Religious Education programme where opportunities are also built in to visit other places of worship. St Vincent’s is a culturally diverse school and the children have many opportunities to learn about these cultures in a respectful way. Similarities and differences between groups of people are looked at naturally in cross-curricular ways from a social, geographical, religious and historical perspective.