Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
The school’s approach is to integrate PSHE within the normal school curriculum as appropriate, e.g. road safety, nutrition, sex education, “Stranger Danger”, racism etc. We often invite experts in to talk to the children e.g.: PCSO, Road Safety team, Lifeskills.
The potentially sensitive area that the governors, by law, must have a policy for is Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). The school’s sex education programme is aimed at equipping children with a good rounded approach to these issues following inputs building on learning in science.
SRE in this school will contribute to the requirement of the 1988 Education Reform Act which states that the school curriculum should be one which:
a) Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and
b) Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The school will work towards this aim in partnership with parents.
Moral and Values Framework
The SRE programme will reflect the school ethos and demonstrate and encourage the following values:
Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for their families, friends, school and wider community
SRE is not an isolated programme, but a part of the schools overall PSHE programme.
Parents will be informed prior to the set educational part of the PHSE Programme being shared with pupils
Sometimes a child will ask an explicit or difficult question in the classroom. Questions do not have to be answered directly, and can be addressed individually later. This school believes that individual teachers must use their skill and discretion in these situations and refer to the Headteacher if they are concerned.
We aim to deliver this part of the PHSE programme in the latter part of each academic year.
Opting Out Procedure
Should parents not wish their child to participate in this aspect of the curriculum, they should discuss the matter with the Headteacher in order that all the issues relating to “opting out” may be explored e.g. alternative supervision arrangements, and peer group attitudes.
What is SEAL and why is it important?
SEAL is the programme run in each class to support children’s social and emotional learning, helping to develop qualities such as self-awareness, motivation and empathy towards others.
We believe that for children to be both happy and successful in their learning at school they need to:
- Know what they are good at
- Take responsibility for their actions
- Know how to manage their feelings so they can learn better
- Know how to motivate themselves and bounce back if they fail at something
- Understand another person’s point of view
- Know how to be supportive of others
- Be able to get on with others and work co-operatively
If children have learnt these skills, they can achieve better. We believe that we can teach these skills at school through the SEAL curriculum and through our ELLI work (see our Curriculum page) to develop children’s understanding of HOW they learn.
BUT if we are to be fully successful, families and school have to work together.
We want to teach and promote these skills because we want to help children to…
- be confident in their learning
- behave well
- be happy in school
- make positive relationships
Each term children will be learning about SEAL through topics. The whole school will be focusing on the same topic:
Autumn Term-New Beginnings and Getting on and Falling Out
Spring Term-Going for Goals and Good to be Me
Summer Term-Relationships and Changes.
We will also be using some of the SEAL activities during National Anti-bullying week in November.
What can mums, dads and carers do?
- Praise your child. Look for the things they do well
- Give them responsibility
- Be positive about them (and their friends)
- Try and understand their thoughts and feelings
- Recognise when they are getting worked up and stay calm yourself
- Help your child to calm down
- LISTEN –for the words they say but also the feelings behind them.
- Encourage good attendance at school
- Check they have water to drink throughout the day
- Encourage good sleep patterns
- Find activities to do together / as family