Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
PSHE encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social, health and economic development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. Additionally, children will come to appreciate difference and diversity.
At Highfield PSHE is taught across all key stages to provide children with the information and knowledge they need to stay safe in the wider world, discuss current issues which may arise within school, as well as in the community and personal health and well-being.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject. However, it is expected that pupils cover key themes in their own classrooms to meet their own learning needs.
As outlined in the National Curriculum,
‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.’
PSHE in practice
Class teachers deliver a weekly PSHE session based on the Enfield PSHE programme, whole-school themes such as Anti-Bullying week or in response to a specific identified need within the class.
We believe circle times are an effective way for pupils to share their own ideas regarding issues which may arise in the classroom as well as the community and global issues. It enables them to develop skills such as open-mindedness, criticality and social and emotional development. Each class is unique and therefore circle times in class will all have a different approach dependent on the needs of the pupils.
Another powerful teaching tool in the class room is role-play. The pupils are shown and act out different situations and can identify how an issue could be resolved by making an informed decision.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
We cover computer safety regularly and discuss different forms of negative abuse and possible dangers of communicating with strangers online. Children are taught about how to keep safe online and protect their identity as well as cyber bullying and how to report it.
Technology is now a huge part of children’s everyday lives and we are aware children are using it at home and exploring a range of different apps.
We recommend that when your child is online, you are aware of what games they are on and check they are age appropriate and that your child is not at any risk of talking to strangers.
Another key part of the PSHE curriculum is teaching the children that their body belongs to them and to ensure it remains private. They are made aware that they should not show their private body parts to anyone.
At Highfield, we expect all of our pupils to have positive attitudes and each treat others the way they wish to be treated. We believe that every child and every adult at our school has the right to feel happy and safe, to feel valued and to be treated with respect.
Our Golden Rules reinforce the expectations of behaviour at school to ensure everyone feels secure and safe.
- We are kind and helpful and respect each other’s cultures
- We enjoy learning in class and let others do the same
- We are polite to each other and take it in turns to speak
- We always behave sensibly and safely in school
- We listen to the staff and do what they say straight away
- We take care of our school and equipment
The Highfield Five
We are an inclusive school, which celebrates cultural diversity and tackles discrimination and bullying.
- What are the different forms of bullying?
- What may bullying look like?
- What to do if you think you are being bullied.
- Who to speak to if you think you are being bullied.
- How might others feel if they’re being bullied?
- What do you do if you witness someone else being bullied?
- What do you do if someone wants you to join in with the bullying?
- How can buddies and supervisors help in the playground?
- What are the roles of the mini-mentors?
- What are the roles of the learning mentors?
We invite in different charities, which promote staying healthy, and emotional and economic wellbeing and mental health such as the NSPCC and other mental health charities.
We hold many workshops at Highfield and invite external agencies such as community police and the Youth Engagement Panel to share their knowledge and expertise with the pupils.
Our priority at Highfield is to ensure all children are safe and happy at school and in the wider community. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in the community through choosing to support their own charities, taking part in Junior Citizenship workshops in Year 6 and having the opportunity to learn first aid.