Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education and Citizenship
Our School Mission Statement states that:
God made us all unique
To learn, live and grow
To show care, concern and friendship
To be the best we can
Showing Christ’s love in all we do.
We believe that education in PSHE and Citizenship, alongside our RE and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum is integral to enabling the school to fulfil our Mission Statement so that children can become healthy, independent, responsible members of modern society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in the School Council. We teach children about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multi-cultural society. Indeed, the teaching of PSHE and Citizenship helps in many ways to meet the objectives set out in the Children’s Act 2004 (Every Child Matters) – ‘that to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and achieve economic well-being’.
PSHE lessons at St Cuthbert’s help to promote physical and emotional well-being for all our children. Our planning for PSHE covers emotional health and well-being, financial awareness, sex and relationships education, drug, tobacco and alcohol education, bullying and citizenship, at a level appropriate to children’s age. At St Cuthbert’s, our Gospel Values, based on the teachings of Jesus, and our British Values help to prepare children for life in modern Britain; through PSHE and Citizenship and across the curriculum, children explore democracy, rights and responsibilities, respect and tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and opinions.
Opportunities to further children’s development in Personal, Social and Health and Economic Education are embedded throughout our curriculum including RE, PE, Science and Maths.
A wealth of enrichment activities further support and complement our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum. These include residential trips, school visits, community events, sports, arts and music clubs and events and our programme of fundraising activities. Targeted mentoring and 1:1 sessions support individuals and small groups who need additional interventions.
Most PSHE and Citizenship sessions are delivered by our school teaching team but external expertise is sought as and when necessary for example, the NSPCC delivered a session to the whole school on Safeguarding during Anti-bullying Week and CES delivered and E-safety Assembly during E-safety Week.
As well as following the Catholic Church’s Liturgical Year, personal and social skills and the fostering of positive behaviour are the focus of many school assemblies, class behaviour reward systems and awards. Children are actively involved in making decisions and discussing issues surrounding their health, friendships and well-being through the School Council and other pupil voice activities.
Please refer to our PSHE and Citizenship Provision Map and our Collective Worship Provision Map for more detail.