Personal, Social & Health Education
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provides our children with the skills and knowledge to become healthy, independent and responsible members of the community and the wider world. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the health, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our teachers use the PSHE programme to equip pupils with a secure understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. At Crossways, we use a Primary Scheme of Work called SCARF - Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship (Coram Life Education). Developed and centred on a values-based and ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, SCARF's lesson plans and resources help to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) are critical to ensuring children are effective learners and SCARF provides a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations. We believe that PSHE underpins primary education and is therefore timetabled to be taught at least weekly to ensure that quality time is dedicated to these areas, although it is usual for classes to spend more time on this depending on the theme being covered. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has arisen in their own class. Many objectives from the curriculum will also be covered as an important part of school assemblies, where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. The distribution of the lessons complements key campaigns throughout the year, such as National Anti-bullying Week and E-safety Week.