Personal Development and Mental Wellbeing
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 and 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.
What is PSHE education?
‘Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It helps pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.’ PSHE Association
At Padbury CE School PSHE will be provided through:
• Discreet Curriculum time;
•Collective Worship, Assemblies, Key Stage and class assemblies, class discussions and circle time;
•As and when issues arise, ensuring time is made within the curriculum to meet the needs of the children;
•Extra curricular activities e.g. Health days, Charity days, Mental Health and Wellbeing week.
Relationships and Sex Education
As we are a Church school, based on Christian principles, children are taught that we all have a responsibility to ourselves and to others. The overall aim of Relationships and Sex education is to support the personal and social development of all children and emphasis is placed on the role of the family in developing positive attitudes and shared values. Relationships and Sex Education forms part of the broad, balanced curriculum our school offers. It is taught in context during your child’s early years of education as an ongoing part of the curriculum linking into other subjects. Many strands of relationships and sex education are part of the National Curriculum Science programme of study. Other strands may focus on personal and social issues. Staff always try to answer questions honestly in a calm, unprejudiced way. All children, before transferring to secondary school, will have followed a programme of study which will study puberty, human reproduction, personal hygiene and personal safety.
Promoting British Values
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:
Respect and obey the law
Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
Treat others with fairness
Look after yourself and your family
Look after the area in which you live and the environment
At Padbury CE School we believe our Christian vision and associated values, along with our enriching curriculum and extra-curricular activities, fully supports these fundamental British Values.
We are committed to promoting these in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within our school. Pupil voice, as well as parent/carer voice, plays a central part in developing school improvement priorities. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires.
The school is clear in demonstrating how pupils should contribute and co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics. These topics are then discussed at the council meetings that allow children to once again voice their views and opinions.
The Rule of Law:
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages. The children in Key Stage Two discuss many moral issues throughout their PSHE lessons and Key Stage Assemblies and this enables them to develop their understanding of the rules of the law.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our PSHE and RE curriculum.
E-safety lessons enable the children to make digital choices in a safe manner.
At Padbury CE School our Christian values of respect, love and fellowship permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and enables them to ‘be the best they can be’. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies as well as issues that are promoted during collective worship, allow the children to show respect to all other individuals.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
As a Christian community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths, religions and cultures are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class. We use our Geography Curriculum, theme days and other opportunities such as the Olympics/World cup to study other cultures.
One of the ways we challenge prejudice in our school is to ask thought provoking questions which challenge our thinking and ideas. The questions aim to challenge a range of possible prejudices and are linked to topics the classes are studying. Below are some examples of the questions we ask but these may change as the topics change and as situations which need challenging arise.