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Whilst it is important to provide children with an excellent academic education, at Padbury CE School, we recognise that it is equally important that we equip children with the skills they need to use this education in the real world around them. 

Personal Development is designed to help pupils gain the skills knowledge and understanding they need to lead, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.  It focuses on safety, well-being and enriching pupil’s educational experiences so that they are able to fully flourish.  Children learn about the role they play as part of a local, national and international community and about the challenges and risks they may face outside the classroom and in turn prepares them so they know how best to deal with these.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Padbury CE Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.  We aim to provide an environment underpinned by our Christian vision and associated values, where everyone can flourish.  We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

At our school we:

  • Provide a nurturing, safe and supportive environment with clear expectations for behaviour
  • Help children to understand and manage their emotions and feelings                      
  • Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Help children to form and maintain relationships
  • Foster self-esteem and self-worth, and ensure children know that they count
  • Encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
  • Provide a structured approach to education about relationships, sex and health
  • Support parents as partners in their child’s learning and development

Teaching about Mental Health

The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves and others physically and mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE curriculum.  The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but there will always be an emphasis on enabling pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, language and confidence to seek help, as needed, for themselves or others.   

We will follow the PSHE Association Guidance to ensure that we teach mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a safe and sensitive manner which helps rather than harms.