PSHEC (Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Citizenship Education)
At St Luke and St Philip’s Primary School, we are proud of being a Church academy at the heart of our local community – a place where everyone is valued, respected and encouraged to develop resilience and confidence. Our strong ethos strives to ensure that each pupil achieves their very best. At St Luke and St Philip’s Primary School, we teach Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity. St. Luke and St. Philip’s Primary School sets out, through its PHSEC curriculum, to enable our children to become moral, confident, healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.
Our curriculum aims to assist children and young people to prepare for adult life in modern Britain by supporting them through their spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development, and helping them to understand themselves, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about health, relationships, rights and responsibilities and help them to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse and ever-changing 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. We realise that in order for our pupils to lead tomorrow’s world, they will need to demonstrate compassion, understanding, empathy and innovation. Success, progress and celebration are very much at the heart of what we do.
Our Curriculum supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.
Relationship education in our school
DfE statutory guidance states that from September 2020, all Primary schools must deliver Relationships Education. Relationship Education forms an integral and important part of the PSHEC curriculum. School adheres to the National Curriculum recommendations for teaching RSE (Relation Education in Primary school) (2019).
School Vision for safe and effective Relationships Education is to educate our children so they have an age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships and are confident in staying safe from abuse and exploitation (including online). Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.
Children will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and Equality
The DfE Guidance 2019 (p. 15) states, “Schools should ensure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met, and that all pupils understand the importance of equality and respect. Schools must ensure they comply with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010 under which sexual orientation and gender reassignment are amongst the protected characteristics.