Purpose of study
Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. Children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. This is why the DfE( Department for Education in England) has made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools.
As an English National Curriculum School in Nigeria and in order to meet this statutory requirement, Grange School has chosen to deliver this service as part of a timetabled PSHE programme, with good outcomes.
The focus is on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.
Pupils are taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, the concept of personal privacy, establishing personal space and boundaries, showing respect and understanding the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other environments. Relationships Education also creates an opportunity to enable pupils to be taught about positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how friendships can support mental wellbeing.
Through Relationships Education, we teach our pupils the knowledge they need to recognise and to report abuse, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse. This is delivered by focusing on boundaries and privacy, ensuring our pupils understand that they have rights over their own bodies. This also include understanding boundaries in friendships with peers and also in families and with others, in all contexts, including online. Pupils are taught how to report concerns and seek advice when they suspect or know that something is wrong.
The school accepts the importance of remaining sensitive to a child’s individual needs while recognising the pupils’ variety of background, experiences and stages of development. With this in mind, at Grange Primary School, we have designed a personalised programme of study to meet the needs of our pupils.
Our PSHE curriculum therefore is designed to accommodate the above concerns and this underpins the philosophy and practice at our School.
Our PSHE programme therefore:
• Promotes pupils’ personal social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing.
• Gives pupils the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
• Aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural; issues that are part of growing up.
• Provides opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, right and responsibilities.
Our programme of study is based on three core themes within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility across all phases:
• Health and Wellbeing
• Living in the Wider World
In addition to this, we also support our children to develop key life skills that have been identified as being crucial in the wider world of work such as communication, resilience, initiative, organisation and leadership.
Our children, through assemblies and lessons, acquire knowledge and understanding of each of the key attributes, in the hope that they develop not only as independent learners, but confident young people who will become global leaders.
At Grange Primary School, we have an active School Representative Council and expect teachers to aim to set aside time in class to discuss matters arising from SRC meetings.