Why is PSHE successful at Handale?

  • In our recent OFSTED inspection (February 2020), our personal development was graded good and it was stated that ‘pupils speak highly of the extra things they do before and after school. Pupils know how to eat healthily and keep fit.’
  • Child follow a well-structured and enticing scheme which runs from Year 1 – Year 6.
  • We teach our children necessary skills to navigate the wider world and stay safe.
  • Children enjoy weeks in school where we focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • Our children have a sense of pride of who they are and who they want to become.

Our Vision and Intent for PSHE at Handale…

Handale Primary School believes that PSHE is crucial in supporting children in their personal development and underpinning learning in the classroom, school and wider community. We believe that children are all individuals in their own unique, amazing way. Therefore, our vision is to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. The teaching and learning of our PSHE scheme supports and upholds our vision. Our progressive learning objectives, combined with high quality varied teaching approaches endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging experiences for all pupils in key stage 1 and 2. PSHE helps children deal with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. Our delivery helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the wider world and their ability to communicate their feelings.

  • To educate children so that they understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and adopt healthy practices and attitudes
  •  To promote a school culture and environment that has health and emotional well-being at its heart
  • To equip children in skills of citizenship and to guide them in becoming independent and confident members of society. In addition, how to be a good digital citizen.
  • To ensure personal development for all children so that they develop and manage their physical and emotional well-being.

The skills that children develop in SRE are linked to and applied in every subject of our curriculum. The children’s skills in developing relationships with others are practised all the time. Decision-making and choices are also key skills that filter through the curriculum. Sexual development is a natural process, just one aspect of growing up emotionally, socially and physically. Each is an integral part of growing to adulthood and independence. Our aim with the delivery of the SRE policy is to ‘sow the seeds’ of facts and understanding in advance of ‘playground misapprehension’. Our policy enables children to establish an awareness of their own development and to reflect upon their own relationships in positive ways. Ultimately the learning and teaching is about the promotion of self-esteem and the fostering of individual well-being.

We follow National Curriculum Objectives for PSHE at Handale…

At Handale, we follow the national curriculum objectives for PSHE. Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.

PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. PSHE can encompass many areas of study. Teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription.

However, while we believe that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils, we expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

PSHE Long Term Plan

Our PSHE Curriculum and RSE curriculum is derived the Jigsaw program of study. Within the PSHE curriculum we have embedded British Values, 9 Protected Characteristics and our school charter to ensure our children leave Handale with a good and comprehensive understanding of the world around them, whilst demonstrating good citizenship.

PSHE Long Term Overview