At St Margaret’s we believe that PSHE is one of the foundations that contributes to all areas of school life. With an ever-changing world, the need to learn about a variety of secure and healthy relationships will help to encourage the children to make safe and informed decisions, now and in the future. Our aim as a school is for all children to leave as well equipped, model citizens.
PSHE must give all pupils the understanding, vocabulary and strategies needed to keep themselves safe and to thrive in the wider world. Learning about keeping themselves safe on and offline, respectful relationships, economic understanding, health (including mental health) and developing resilience and self-belief will ensure our pupils become successful adults who make a positive contribution to society.
Although PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject, we strongly believe that teaching children about key elements of PSHE is fundamental to fulfil Section 2.1 of the National Curriculum framework that states:
‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’.
Schools are required to comply with the Equality Act 2010. As a Church of England School, we will build on our faith and positive relationships at our school to help create a productive and compassionate context for teaching PSHE.