Vision for PSHE at Archbishop Benson C of E Primary School

At Archbishop Benson C of E School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.  Alongside our School motto:

‘With fun and learning, hand in hand, all things are possible.’

we strive to teach our children in a way that nurtures not only their spirituality, but also their understanding and awareness of the world and people around them.  Through our School Bible quote:

‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13)

we are able to instill a clear Christian ethos as well as preparing the children in our care for the opportunities and experiences they may face in the future.

Our aim is to support our children in understanding how they can develop personally, emotionally and socially.  Through our PSHE curriculum, we ask our children to challenge themselves through ‘Courageous Advocacy’; by pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and considering how they can play a positive role, not only in school life, but also in our diverse society in the wider community.

At Archbishop Benson, we provide opportunities for the children to understand their rights and responsibilities.  Each year, the children choose three worthy charities to support and raise not only money but also understanding and awareness.  Through special PSHE WOW days, classes delve deeper into thinking about those who are less fortunate than themselves and how we can support them.  We also build reflection time into our weekly PSHE sessions for the children to consider their own thoughts and feelings regarding different topics, such as relationships, health and wellbeing.

Our aim is that every child will leave Archbishop Benson C of E school with resilience, aspirations to learn and a desire to help those around them.

We seek to:

  • Deliver a bespoke PSHE curriculum, which meets the current needs of our children.
  • Constantly review and update our PSHE curriculum in accordance with Government guidelines.
  • Build on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, Relationships and Sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Provide children with frequent opportunities to have their voice heard and play an active role in school life.
  • Allow children to express their opinions through school council meetings, where a class representative will relay the views of their classmates regarding important school issues.
  • Focus on developing children’s self-esteem, self-confidence, self-belief and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operation skills.