Personal, Social and Health Education help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
All Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to life in school and the community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the community. They learn to understand and respect common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
- To value ourselves as unique human beings capable of spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical growth and development.
- To value others for themselves. We value relationships as fundamental to the development and fulfilment of ourselves and others, and to the good of the community.
- To value truth, freedom, justice, human rights, the rule of law and collective effort for the common good.
- To value the environment, both natural and shaped by humanity, as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration
We are committed to the education of the whole child and we believe that Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSE) is an integral part of this education. It is in this context that we commit ourselves, in partnership with parents, to provide children and young people with a “positive and prudent relationships, sex and health education” which is compatible with their physical, cognitive, psychological, and spiritual maturity, and rooted in the Catholic vision of education and the human person.
Following the guidance of the Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the DfE, RSHE is firmly embedded in the PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils. It is centred on Christ’s vision of being human as good news and will be positive and prudent, showing the potential for development, while enabling the dangers and risks involved to be understood and appreciated.
At St Joseph's, we use the Ten Ten RSE scheme of work to deliver RSE teaching. This is supported by other resources and visitors where appropriate.
Interwoven within our PSHE and RSE curriculum, we teach our children elements of the Safeguarding Curriculum.
In our Long Term Plan (see below), these are identified by the red flag symbol.