The aim of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at Eliot Bank is to help children develop the skills and attributes they need to be safe, healthy and responsible individuals.
We follow a carefully structured programme of PSHE lessons, designed to introduce concepts in an age-appropriate way and build on them each year. We cover the following themes:
- Identity, society and equality;
- Keeping safe and managing risk, including online;
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education;
- Relationships and sex education;
- Physical health and well-being;
- Mental health and emotional well-being;
- Careers, financial capability and economic well-being;
- Running throughout most of these themes is a focus on teaching children how to keep themselves safe in different contexts.
The content of our PSHE curriculum is reviewed regularly to make sure it remains relevant to children’s lives now and prepares them well for the future. Teachers also receive training in how to deliver effective PSHE lessons and how to approach potentially sensitive subjects.
In addition to PSHE lessons, each class has a weekly Circle Time session. These sessions give children an opportunity to explore elements of the PSHE curriculum further or to discuss issues important to the class. They also help to develop skills such as: listening, empathy, co-operation and respect and tolerance of different ideas.
We believe that by promoting children’s wellbeing and personal development, PSHE and Circle Time also help children to reach their academic potential.
PSHE and Circle Time play an important role in the school’s approach to promoting British values.
Catherine Olivier, Humanities Team Leader