PSHE - including Relationships Education
We wish children to develop a strong sense of values which guide their choices in life and to develop self-esteem and a positive attitude towards others. As well as explicit teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), we are committed to providing excellent pastoral care, ensuring every child feels valued.
We use the Jigsaw scheme as a structure for our PSHE and Relationships lessons throughout the year. The whole school assembly programme addresses each theme, and teachers follow up with lessons in class, making use of the resources available online to support them. Jigsaw is endorsed by Bristol's Public Health Team and is used in a large number of schools.
We teach children how to develop healthy relationships with each other both in the taught curriculum and at playtimes. We use Circle Time and Drama in classes to enable them talk about and act out their emotional responses to different situations. We help them to help each other resolving conflicts, using strategies such as The Three Steps.
Since 2019, Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory in all secondary schools. Relationships Education is compulsory in primary schools. Sex Education is non-statutory in primary schools, but we believe it is important for children to learn about this important aspect of relationships. They learn about their bodies and how they change as they grow. We provide a safe environment in which they can talk about their feelings and ask questions. The materials we use, from the Jigsaw scheme, are sensitively written and appropriate to the age group.
The Relationships and Sex Education Policy is reviewed by Governors regularly.