Personal, Social and Health Education (P.H.S.E.) and the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (S.E.A.L.)
The school’s approach is to integrate P.S.H.E. within the normal school curriculum and to invite external “experts” into school to discuss P.S.H.E. issues as appropriate, e.g. road safety, nutrition, sex education, “Stranger Danger”, racism etc. The potentially sensitive area that the governors, by law, must have a policy for is Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). The school’s sex education policy is called Healthy Relationships and it is aimed at equipping children with a good rounded approach to these issues following inputs building on learning in science.
SRE in this school will contribute to the requirement of the 1988 Education Reform Act which states that the school curriculum should be one which:
a) Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and
b) Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The school will work towards this aim in partnership with parents.
Moral and Values Framework
The SRE programme will reflect the school ethos and demonstrate and encourage the following values:
Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for their families, friends, school and wider community
SRE is not an isolated programme, but a part of the schools overall PSHE programme.
Parents will be informed prior to the set educational part of the PHSE Programme being shared with pupils
Some of the sessions are led by the school’s Medical Teaching Assistant
Sometimes a child will ask an explicit or difficult question in the classroom. Questions do not have to be answered directly, and can be addressed individually later. This school believes that individual teachers must use their skill and discretion in these situations and refer to the Headteacher if they are concerned.
We aim to deliver this part of the PHSE programme in the latter part of each academic year.
As part of the monitoring and evaluation of this policy a list of questions posed by our Y6 pupils in this context will be collated.
Opting Out Procedure
Should parents not wish their child to participate in this aspect of the curriculum, they should discuss the matter with the Headteacher in order that all the issues relating to “opting out” may be explored e.g. alternative supervision arrangements, and peer group attitudes.
SEAL is the programme run in each class to support children’s social and emotional learning, helping to develop qualities such as self-awareness, motivation and empathy towards others.