“PSHCE education equips and prepares pupils for both their futures and their present day-to-day lives. It is essential that pupils have the opportunity to recognise and reflect on how learning is relevant to them and can be applied in their own lives. PSHCE education has a rich body of knowledge taught through topics. Learners need to ‘know about…’, ‘know how to…’ and also ‘be able to…’ All of the chosen topics provide a context to progressively expand and enrich overarching concepts and transferable skills.” (PSHCE Association).
At St John Vianney School, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is considered paramount to our students’ personal development, health and well-being.
PSHCE/RSE helps students to develop life skills to ensure they are well prepared to contribute fully to their own communities, wider society and life in Britain. High expectations are set for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and appreciation of the diverse communities in which we live.
The following Policies outline within in them the concepts and skills covered within our PSHE curriculum under the three main themes: ‘health and wellbeing’, ‘relationships’ and ‘living in the wider world’, as recommended by the PSHE Association.
The RSE Policy also outlines the Schemes of Learning we adopt to deliver and appropriate RSE curriculum. The RSE programme of study follows the Diocese of Salford’s recommended RSE Scheme – ‘a Journey in Love’. They also include references to cross curricular links such as our computing. Science, PE and careers lessons.
St John Vianney School believes that a strong PSHE and RSE education is important to help our pupils develop into well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. Our PSHE curriculum is strongly tied to our RSE, relationships, health education and pastoral care programme.
The vision for pupils, staff and others linked to St John Vianney School is to always look to achieve our personal best in every aspect of school life.
- Our school is one where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best.
- Our school is welcoming, inclusive, has a real community feel and is a place where everyone is valued.
- Our pupils and staff treat each other equitably, fairly, with kindness and with mutual respect. At all times, staff and pupils are encouraged to show a high regard for the needs and feelings of others through their actions and words.
- Our pupils and staff are enterprising and approach challenges with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
- The needs and interests of all pupils, irrespective of gender, culture, ability or aptitude, will be promoted through an inclusive and varied PSHE/RSE curriculum at our school.
- Our environment is safe and clean with everyone sharing responsibility for it.
- Our culture is one of continuous improvement, creativity and enthusiasm.
- Parents will be informed about the policy via the school’s website where it, and the PSHE/RSE curriculum, will be available to read and download.