At Exminster Community Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) & Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We feel it is an important part of children’s education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live.
We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider community through the use of our Rainbow Values.
We are aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to our school’s Safeguarding Policy. We are all aware of the important role the PSHE curriculum has in supporting school to implement the 9 protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010. Our PSHE (& RSE) curriculum runs in accordance with the DfE statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education 2019.
Our PSHE (& RSE) programme of study is split into three core themes. The children will meet these themes throughout the course of the year and the themes are built upon as the children move through school.
- Core theme 1: Relationships (including healthy relationships, feelings and emotions and valuing difference)
- Core theme 2: Living in the wider world (including rights and responsibilities, taking care of the environment and money)
- Core theme 3: Health and Wellbeing (including healthy life styles, keeping safe, growing and changing)
All year groups follow a clear and consistent programme of study provided by the PSHE Association. We expect teachers to use our year group curriculum overview which will equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and resilience and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that PSHE plays a vital role in a child’s education and needs to be taught weekly. Class teachers will follow the programme of study but there are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class.
Children at Exminster Community Primary School will be well equipped to become a positive member of a forever changing community. Throughout their time at school, they will develop strategies to support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. They will respect diversity, celebrate difference and welcome change.