Personal, Social, Health, Economic & Citizenship (PSHEC) Education
At Adderley, we believe that the Personal, Social, Health, Economic & Citizenship Education (PSHEC) of our children is very important to ensure that they become effective learners which supports them as they move through childhood to become independent young global citizens in the world.
Our PSHEC Curriculum aims to:
Provide every child with learning experiences that will enable them to achieve their potential and lead a fulfilling life.
Meet the needs of all by considering the differences of gender, ability, ethnicity, sexuality, cultural, social and religious backgrounds.
Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, emotional and physical development of pupils.
Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Keep children safe from radical or extreme views.
From the PSHEC provision we intend for all children to be equipped with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves. The curriculum intent is to have a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships in the school. This will benefit our children with opportunities for them to learn about their and others’ rights and responsibilities.
The curriculum is designed by the PSHEC Leads and is delivered by the Class Teachers and lessons are also planned and personalised by the Class Teachers. The curriculum is differentiated across the classes to ensure that they meet the individual needs of the children. Teachers are provided with the appropriate coaching sessions and insets.
PSHEC develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be global citizens now and in the future. This will also give them the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
PSHEC is taught from EYFS to Year 6. All classes have at least one hour of curriculum time per week. Additionally, all classes have specific wellbeing lessons and Votes for School Assemblies each week.
Pupils’ progress is monitored through their PSHEC Portfolio, which is a collection of photos and evidence of outcomes of work created by the children working towards and achieving the learning intentions. Each lesson provides opportunities for ongoing AfL with particular emphasis on children embedding the learning through a connectivity approach. This involves discussing prior learning, re-capping their previous learning intention and discussing the current learning intention.
We teach PSHEC explicitly in lessons but also with cross curricular links taught across the other subject areas and through the use of assemblies and performances. Furthermore, we promote PSHEC by collectively recognising events such as Safer Internet Day, Anti Bullying week, Road Safety Week, Comic Relief, Children in Need and UNICEF days. We believe that this gives our children further opportunities to learn about others and to learn about being a good British Citizens.
At Adderley, the incorporation of Citizenship in PSHEC allows for an integrated approach to the major themes of Citizenship such as Rules and Laws of the land, Communities, Conflict, Democracy and having the opportunity to make choices etc. In lessons where Citizenship is taught, children learn about:
- The Equality Act 2010.
- Diversity in the community.
- Living in a multicultural society.
- How people’s differing views can divide a society.
As part of children’s development, we give them opportunities to work with charities and inspirational individuals. We believe this will motivate and inspire our children to try their best and achieve their goals. Throughout the school year, children are given many opportunities to work with the charity ‘WE’ Schools, Youth Parliament and organisations such as UNICEF. We also encourage children to take part in local and global actions to make the world a better place and children have opportunities to take part in various campaigns. External visitors such as Women’s Aid, Loudmouth and NSPCC work with children to receive specialist provision.
Children are equipped with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance and have strategies to manage difficulties they may encounter. Children’s breadth of knowledge about their rights, how they can claim them for themselves and their commitment to affect change to enable others to enjoy them locally, nationally, and globally.
Learning about rights affects relationships in a positive way. Relationships are based on mutual respect and trust, and this is demonstrated through the positive behaviour demonstrated across the school.
Inclusion is at the heart of the school, pupils feel safe and secure and are articulate about the importance of knowing about their rights, the difference this can make to their lives and their desires and determination to help realise these rights for others.
The PSHEC provision gives children the opportunity for them to influence change in school and the local community through pupil-led groups, leadership and campaigns. The school’s ambitious curriculum for PSHEC is forever evolving and explicitly linked to rights and adaptable to current affairs.