PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
The PSHE curriculum is divided into the following sections:
- EMPW: Emotional, Mental and Physical Wellbeing
- RSE: Relationships and Sex Education
- LWW: Living in the Wider World.
The PSHE programme is enhanced by visits from outside agencies and individuals. Parents who have specialist knowledge of topics (eg, health and nutrition, finance, trafficking etc) have made outstanding contributions to lessons. We have a wonderful Police School Liaison Officer who covers a wide range of pertinent issues. There is also a very comprehensive work experience curriculum.
One aspect of the curriculum, which has been embraced by staff also, is .b (pronounced dot-b). This stands for “Stop, Breathe and Be!” This simple act of mindfulness provides the kernel of the nine session .b mindfulness course for schools. It is taught with striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life. For their ‘home practice’, pupils are invited to watch and ‘do’ guided mindfulness practices created by one of the UK’s leading animators. The animations are available at www.dotbe.org
…give it a try!