PSHE & RSHE
Sir Alasdair MacDonald
Today’s children and young people are growing up in a rapidly changing world; full of opportunities but with few guarantees. At St Peter’s, we believe that PSHE education prepares pupils for life and work in this changing world, helping to keep them safe, healthy and boosting their life chances.
The children’s learning in PSHE will enable them to protect themselves and others both online and offline, improve their physical and emotional health and develop character, resilience and academic attainment and employment prospects.
Our programme of study at St Peter’s provides a spiral curriculum to develop knowledge, skills and attributes where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year. It has the following three core themes:
- Relationships – focus on families, friends, safe relationships and respect for ourselves and others
- Living in the Wider World – focus on what belonging to a community means, developing media literacy and digital resilience and developing an understanding of money and work. For example the role that money plays in people’s lives and understanding the role that ambition can play in achieving a future career
- Health and Wellbeing – focus on growing and changing, puberty, relationships and reproduction, physical health and mental wellbeing and keeping safe.
From September 2020, Relationships and Health Education is compulsory for all pupils at St. Peter’s Junior School. The DfE also continues to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme that is tailored to the age and maturity of the pupils. As a school we wholeheartedly support the philosophy of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and believe it is best taught as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) programme.