Personal, Social and
Health Education and
To be reviewed July 2010
Sheila Thornton, all staff April 08 and
Governors July 08
Status This is a statutory policy.
To raise the awareness of PSHE and Citizenship with parents,
staff, governors and pupils.
To provide a caring and health promoting school environment
based on courtesy, good manners, and a respect for self and
others and an understanding and tolerance towards the
various races, religions and cultures present in our society.
To develop a healthy lifestyle and keep themselves and others
safe and to provide pupils with the necessary skills to become
confident, healthy and active individuals.
To help them develop effective and fulfilling relationships and
learn to respect the differences between people.
To help pupils to develop lively enquiring minds, the ability to
question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to
To teach skills of personal decision-making, problem solving,
and self-confidence, self-esteem and self- worth, in the context
of social relationships.
To create an appropriate learning environment in which pupils
can develop an understanding of PSHE and Citizenship
enabling them the opportunity to become responsible citizens
and to emphasise the importance of consideration for others
as the most important principle of any community.
To ensure that pupils will be made aware that alternative
modes of transport can be used to get to school.
Relationship The policy supports, promotes and reflects the school ethos, aims
to other and vision.
Equal opportunities policy.
Race equality policy and scheme
Gender equality scheme
S4E disability access scheme.
Health and Safety policy
Drug Education and Drug Abuse policy
Sex and Relationships Education Policy
Child Protection Policy/LAC
Healthy Schools Status documents
Home/School Liaison policy
All other curriculum policies
PCT South Birmingham targets
The Children’s Plan, DCSF, 2007
School Travel Plan
Community Cohesion policy
Equal This school is committed to working towards equality of opportunities
Opportunities/ for all pupils regardless of their gender, race, disability, and social
Principles PSHE/Citizenship promotes the respect of others, particularly in
listening and appreciating their opinions
pupils to develop relationships – through work and play whilst
identifying the needs of themselves and others.
privacy, dignity and respect.
equal access and opportunities for all.
pupils to take responsibility for their actions – within the school
environment and the wider world.
high quality learning experiences.
empathy – to identify with the different cultures, customs and
opinions and draw parallels with their own.
participation – to take an active and responsible approach to
pupils to make choices – forming balanced opinions based on
pupils to seek out information and advice.
pupils to prepare for change.
Procedures PSHE is taught from an objective point of view, drawing parallels
where appropriate to personal experiences.
The content will be linked to pupils’ own personal development
Skill development is achieved through the provision of
experiences, which may be direct subject teaching or may
facilitate investigation, exploration and sensory awareness in
areas that incorporate relevant opportunities aimed at each pupils
PSHE will be taught, both through a thematic approach, which will
link into other areas of the curriculum, and where relevant as a
specific subject (this will include circle time).
PSHE will also be taught within the “informal” curriculum
consisting of a wide variety of techniques:
Relationships between staff and pupils.
School values and ethos.
Links with parents and the community.
Use of outside visitors/agencies
All staff are expected to:
actively and positively promote self-advocacy, respect and
dignity for individual, self-help and self-worth.
plan lessons carefully, varying activities and pace to meet the
needs of all pupils.
ensure content and teaching approaches match the needs and
maturities of all pupils.
create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment
where everyone will be inspired to do their very best.
offer opportunities to revisit areas of study and make the pupils
learning relevant to their lives.
promote skills that will give greater independence, control and
understanding in their lives and the world around them.
monitor pupil’s progress and ensure continuity and recognise
All Students will:
be given opportunities to develop:
an understanding that we are all special individuals of equal
the concept of rights and responsibilities.
an understanding of the effect that our friends and families
have on our actions.
an understanding of their own feelings and the feelings of
an understanding of choices.
an awareness of, and an interest in, themselves and their
immediate surroundings and environment.
Use of ICT
ICT will be used to motivate pupils, to reinforce skills and
awareness and as an important tool for display purposes.
ICT is an important tool to enable full participation of all pupils
in an inclusive classroom.
ICT will form an integral part of pupils learning in PHSE.
Planning Units of work will be taken from a whole school overview for PSHE
and Citizenship. The overview will show which activities will be
undertaken in any given school year and the experiences that the
children will receive through these activities.
There is a two year topic cycle due to the nature of the classes in
school i.e. split year groups. This ensures a broad and balanced
curriculum catering for both progression and revision of experiences
for children who study in the same year group two years running.
As there are fundamental issues which are pertinent to the children
at Dame Ellen Pinsent School e.g. self-help skills, social skills and
issues around sex and relationship education and drugs education,
these learning experiences are constantly revisited throughout a
child’s school years. The second year of the topic cycle is a revision
of the experiences of the first year with a different emphasis due to
the content of the topics.
At Year 5 and 6 the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is weighted
toward sex and relationship education and drugs education and all
work in these areas throughout the school i.e. from early years is
Personal and Social Education at Dame Ellen Pinsent School is
underpinned by the aims of the school i.e. to provide breadth and
balance in the child’s education, to improve educational standards
to help children grow into effective adults and to provide a climate
which recognises and responds to the special needs of individuals.
Personal and Social Education is highly valued in our school as
many of our children have difficulty in developing skills and grasping
basic concepts in this area. Social skills and self-help skills along
with language and communication difficulties are often highlighted
as being areas of need on the children’s educational statements.
Monitoring and Teacher assessment.
Evaluating Informal evaluation.
B Squared and target setting
Recorded comments by pupils about their work.
Performance management observations.