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GLEBE INFANT SCHOOL AND ENHANCED PROVISION FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP POLICY This Policy reflects the values and philosophy of the school in relation to the teaching of P.S.H.E. and citizenship and should be read in conjunction with the Scheme of Work, which sets out in detail the aspects of P.S.H.E. and citizenship that will be taught in each year group. Aims The aims of P.S.H.E. and citizenship are for children to: develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities; prepare to play an active role as citizens; develop a healthy, safer lifestyle; develop good relationships and respect the differences between people. Objectives 1. P.S.H.E. and citizenship teaching offers opportunities for children to: 2. take and share responsibility both for their own actions and for other people and animals both within school and in the wider community; 3. feel positive about themselves by having their achievements recognised by a whole school positive behaviour management strategy; 4. take part in discussions about issues relating to both school and the wider community; 5. make real choices about things which are both relevant to them immediately (which game to play) and in the longer term (recycling their rubbish); 6. meet and talk with people to help prepare them to play an active role as citizens; 7. develop positive relationships with their peers and with adults through work and play; 8. consider social and moral dilemmas that they come across in everyday life; 9. show an understanding that bullying is wrong and to know where to go to get help to deal with bullying. (See Anti-Bullying Policy). The P.S.H.E. and Citizenship Curriculum Within each class there is a time slot allocated to P.S.H.E. and citizenship each week. This may take the form of circle time although this is not necessarily always the case. Children are able to talk about issues that concern them in the safe and secure environment of the classroom. Children are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to fulfil the above objectives. School Council (See School Council Action Plan) All children will have an opportunity to take part in the new School Council which is planned to begin with Class Councils in September 2001. This Council will give all children a forum within which they can express opinions through their class councillors. In this way children will be involved in making real choices about things that are important to them at school within the guidelines set by the School Council Policy. The National Healthy School Standard Every school is expected to be working towards achieving the National Healthy School Standard by March 2002. At glebe Infant School and UHI we are committed to achieving this standard much sooner by working together with both the Essex and Southend Healthy Schools Partnership and the Safer Journeys to School initiative. Children, parents, staff, governors and members of the wider school community will be involved in the successful implementation of both of these initiatives. As part of the philosophy of the healthy school we are also participating in the Essex Schools Award Scheme. (See Healthy Schools Action Plans and Safer Journeys to School portfolio). Equal Opportunities All children are entitled to have access to a curriculum, irrespective of gender, ethnic background, age, starting point or disability. The materials that are used reflect a multi-cultural society and the contribution of different men, women and races to the subject are acknowledged. The Role of the Subject Leader The P.S.H.E. and citizenship subject leader is responsible for the development and monitoring of the P.S.H.E. and citizenship curriculum, reviewing and updating the policy and scheme of work and contributing to the school development plan. The subject leader also supports colleagues in planning, implementation and evaluation of the P.S.H.E. and citizenship curriculum. Monitoring, Evaluation and Review The P.S.H.E. and citizenship subject leader and the Headteacher will monitor the P.S.H.E. and citizenship curriculum regularly. The curriculum will be evaluated and reviewed on an annual basis. The implementation of this policy will be monitored and evaluated by the Headteacher, Governing Body and the P.S.H.E. and citizenship subject leader. Assessment and Reporting to Parents Children are set termly targets in this area of the curriculum. These targets are shared with parents at their termly meeting with their child’s class teacher. Each child’s annual report will inform parents of the P.S.H.E. and citizenship that has been taught within the school year and will inform parents of their child’s responses to the issues raised.
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