PSHE – Personal, Social and Health Education

The personal, social and health (physical and mental) education of the pupils in our school is absolutely crucial – not just to ensure that they are developing skills they will need for the rest of their life, but also to ensure their academic success.  At Buryfields, we take the teaching of PSHE incredibly seriously; it is not a ‘bolt-on’ lesson but rather is something that is taught – explicitly and implicitly - every single day.  Because it is a non-statutory subject, we have the freedom to teach exactly the right skills and knowledge for the pupils we teach – and so the content of what is covered may vary from year to year, dependent on the needs of the children we have.

PSHE lessons can take many forms, from drama, to writing, discussion or art. We aim to maximise the children’s learning by choosing the most appropriate way for the children to communicate their understanding and opinions.

Within PSHE lessons, we explicitly teach about the four fundamental British Values, which are:

  • democracy;
  • the rule of law;
  • individual liberty;
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

We also teach the children about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  These is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities. In our school, we focus on five key rights, which are:

  • the right to have clean and safe drinking water (Article 24)
  • the right to have nutritious food (also Article 24)
  • the right to be with their family (Articles 9 & 10)
  • the right to play (Article 31)
  • the right to have a home (Article 27)

At Buryfields, we also place a high value on Article 13 – the right of every child to express their thoughts and opinions.  More information about the UNCRC can be found here.

Our PSHE curriculum is incredibly wide-ranging but some of our other key areas of focus are:

  • people who are special to us
  • understanding and celebrating difference
  • understanding and developing healthy and positive relationships
  • keeping themselves safe (including on-line)
  • developing their own understanding and appreciation of themselves
  • change and moving on.

Our PSHE policy can be found in the School Information section of the website or click here.

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