Statement of Intent: PSHE
At Burhill Primary School, we value Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) as an important part of the pupils’ entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that pupils are exposed to PSHE in both discrete and cross-curricular learning. The PSHE curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the statutory duties of the Relationships curriculum and Health curriculum.
We recognise the importance of PSHE and the role it has in developing the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals. Our PSHE curriculum prepares our pupils for life outside the classroom and helps them to build skills which will allow them to keep themselves safe in both familiar settings and the wider community. We help pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem and to improve their wellbeing through developing an understanding of themselves and others. Burhill is proud to have achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools which demonstrates our commitment to driving change and ensuring that mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of school life.
The SMSC and British Values curriculum is largely taught through our PSHE curriculum but will feature across other subject areas when appropriate. Our teaching approach places great emphasis upon collaboration and cooperation: group work should be a key element of all classrooms. PSHE is integral to the development of pupils’ values in order for them to become positive citizens in a forever changing community. Our PSHE curriculum covers many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our pupils with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.
The PSHE curriculum at Burhill underpins our commitment to the safeguarding of all pupils and equips them with the awareness of how school adults can support them to stay safe and address any pastoral concerns they may have.
Every learning opportunity from the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study and the DfE Relationships curriculum and Health curriculum are covered at least once within the primary phase and usually more often, to help build a spiral programme of learning year on year. Teachers are supported in the planning of lessons to meet the objectives by the Coram Life Education SCARF scheme.