Personal, Social, Health
and Economic Education
Whilst PSHE remains a non-statutory subject, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document states that,
‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and
economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.’
Along with the National Curriculum framework, the DfE also published a guidance document on PSHE education, which states that the subject is, ‘An important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’
Therefore PSHE will continue to be taught as a discrete and cross-curricular subject at Montrose School from September 2014. There have also been changes to the Sex Education Policy in light of new requirements.
Throughout the teaching of PSHE and other areas of the curriculum, pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) must be considered and implemented where possible. Click here to read more about SMSC.
Spiritual development is covered in religious education lessons, the spiritual in SMSC is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose.
The moral element is largely about choices, behaviour and how you live your life. It is also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Sessions in assemblies, or in class, might explore the consequences of decisions, other people's needs, and ways of learning from experience.
Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. This element of SMSC includes a significant area of personal growth, ranging from engagement with society's institutions to the skills for successful personal relationships.
Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures. Opportunities are created for pupils to experience art and theatre. Pupils can also take part in residential visits to other parts of the country from years 3 upwards. Valuing cultural diversity and challenging racism is important.
As part of the PSHE curriculum, through other subjects and assemblies, we teach and engage the children with, the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We actively promote tolerance and respect for other faiths throughout the school by learning about different religions and by celebrating diversity.
Our PSHE curriculum allows children to develop, demonstrate and accept skills and attitudes that will enable them to fully participate in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
If school becomes aware of any person on the premises with extreme or radicalised views,
these will be challenged, dealt with accordingly and recorded.
Below shows the different themes taught across each year group. These themes are taken from the SEAL programme and different aspects of each theme are taught in different years discretely or linked through cross curricular subjects.
Safety – road , stranger danger, fire, water
Property – stealing, respecting others / own property, sharing
Friendship – bullying, making / keeping friends
Environment – care of and protecting, school and global issues
Home skills – helping, people who care for us, coping during good and bad times
Behaviour – school, class, behaviour rules, politeness, in and out of school, saying “no” to bad choices
Changes – healthy lifestyles, food, personal hygiene, exercise, making choices
Equality – racism, sexism, understanding, tolerance and appreciation
Good to be me – what / who makes us feel good / bad, how to help yourself be happier
E-safety – at home and at school, knowing how to avoid problems, who to ask for help
British Values – democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect,
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (links to RE)