PSHE gives pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
Children at Edgworth take part in a wide range of activities and experiences that develop them personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. A structured programme of study throughout school helps us to address children’s various needs: emotional health and well-being, sex and relationships, drugs and personal safety.
Children are also encouraged to find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences.
PSHE and Citizenship is delivered weekly and is reinforced throughout school with weekly themes, celebrations, assemblies, specific activities and school events and through pastoral care and guidance.
Our ‘Jigsaw’ programme is a whole school focus for all children, organised into six themes throughout the year:
Social and emotional aspects of learning’ enable us to be effective learners, to interact successfully and to be responsible citizens. By promoting a mindful approach and developing self-awareness, management of feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills, we can help children manage life and learning and minimise negative behaviours.
Staff promote our ethos in the way they relate to children and through their methodologies. Co-operative learning, reciprocal teaching and talk partners encourage cooperation and allow children to put the skills into practice. Our school council, Eco Council, Buddy scheme, play leaders, house system, and regular, specific, creative enrichment projects encourage relationships between year groups and a greater sense of community.
We also have trained staff that run emotional literacy groups for children who require direct support.
In the playground, we support positive behaviours. All our staff have regular training and provide enrichment activities and encourage positive engagement. We also regularly train older children to become peer mediators so they can help with low-level grievances.
We recognise that learning is accelerated and behaviour managed most effectively when parents are involved. As part of this commitment, we encourage parents to feedback to school regularly and consult them along with governors on behaviour policies in school. Children are also encouraged to be involved through the use of school council committees.