Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
Why is PSHE important for all learners at BSCS? Why does it matter?
The principal aim of Personal, Social and Health Education at BSCS is to support our learners in understanding their place in the world, how they fit, why they belong and the importance of agency. Our PSHE programme alongside our Social and Emotional Learning has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It is designed to empathise the importance of the whole child. PSHE gives learners the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
How does studying PSHE help our young people to achieve?
At BSCS we deliver engaging and relevant PSHE lessons within a whole- school approach using Jigsaw. Jigsaw is a progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others, using mindfulness to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.
- Term 1: Being Me in My World
- Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Term 3: Dreams and Goals
- Term 4: Healthy Me
- Term 5: Relationships
- Term 6: Changing Me (including Relationship and Sex Education)
Alongside this, we also believe in the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and therefore incorporate the explicit and implicit teaching of social and emotional skills within our teaching. In teaching PSHE and SEL will help children to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain healthy and positive relationships and make responsible decisions (Weissberg: 2015)
We believe that our pupils’ spiritual, emotional and cultural health and well-being are as important as their academic. We pride ourselves on the wide range of curriculum opportunities, strategies and approaches that we employ in order to ensure our learners are prepared for the next phase of their educational careers and for life in general. In order to achieve this we use a variety of approaches to support the planning and delivery of:
- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
- Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education (SMSC)
- Emotion Coaching
- Mental Health and Well-being
- Fundamental British Values
Our PSHE curriculum is woven into everything we do, including our curriculum themes. To compliment this we have also adopted Jigsaw to ensure all discrete areas of the PSHE curriculum are taught to the highest possible standard. Jigsaw sessions are delivered by the class teacher at all times as our pupils have told us they enjoy having time to reflect and discuss these ideas with the teacher they spend the majority of their time in school.
“Jigsaw PHSE brings together social, health and academic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme. Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE; it aims to help children know and value who they are, and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.”
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
At BSCS we believe in the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and therefore incorporate the explicit and implicit teaching of social and emotional skills within our teaching. We define SEL as:
“Social and Emotional Learning refers to the process through which children learn to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”Weissberg, R. et al. (2015)
The term SEL is widely used internationally and consists of 5 competencies.
- Social awareness
- Relationship skills
- Responsible decision-making
We believe that these competencies need to be taught explicitly as skills and also integrated and modelled through everyday teaching. Our whole school plan which ensures SEL is woven through our culture and ethos.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
We believe that the teaching of values and ensuring learners have a good understanding of their responsibility within our community and wider society is crucial. This is especially important if young learners are to take their place in the world and make an important contribution to our society. In believing this, we place value on teaching children about their rights and responsibilities in school and their community, the moral dilemmas and decisions that they may be faced with in their lives and giving them opportunities to learn about and understand their place in the world. We believe that learners grow from a sense of belonging and a feeling of ‘knowing who they are’. We support the teaching of respecting others’ beliefs and religions and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for learners to explore their own ideas and beliefs and sense of self.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
At BSCS we take the mental health and well-being of our learners seriously and each school will provide different strategies and resources to support and develop the promotion of emotional well-being.