PSHE & Citizenship

PSHE is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject and so to allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE there are no new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. PSHE encompasses many areas of study. It is believed (outlined in new curriculum) that teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription. At Leiston we teach PSHE, drawing on good practice. However, this must reflect the needs of our pupils and we expect teachers to use a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions in regards to drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
Alongside these areas we also follow SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) which investigates feelings towards and experiences of themes such as “New Beginnings”, “Going for Goals” “Changes” “Getting on and Falling Out”. Children are introduced to the main themes through a whole school assembly each half term and then do follow up work in class.
There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE can, and is included in other curriculum areas and aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of living and learning.