Personal, Social, Health Education

What is PSHE and why is it important?

PSHE should promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society, and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’ (section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010).

PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

PSHE prepares children to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.

PSHE at Shoreditch Park

Shoreditch Park currently follows the SEAL programme of study and has done so for many years. This programme consists of 6 main overarching themes that filter across all the year groups from Nursery all the way through to Year 6. Each year group is building on what was taught by the previous year group. These themes are:

  • New beginnings
  • Getting on/falling out
  • Going for goals!
  • Good to be me
  • Relationships

What is Sex Relationship Education (SRE)?

SRE is taught during Summer Term 2 at Shoreditch Park. SRE has been part of the Science and PHSE framework since 2000. It involves teaching children from Reception – Year 6 about the importance of family, life cycles and scientific explanations of the human body.

Why we are teaching it?

  • for the Science National Curriculum for primary and secondary age.
  • Complimentary and distinct from the Science curriculum.
  • Support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development.
  • Links to prevent homophobic bullying and misconceptions.
  • Supportive nature towards parents.

Context of SRE:

  • Young people learn about the nature of marriage.
  • The importance of family and bringing up children.
  • The science behind the human body.

Useful Documents

PSHE Curriculum Map

PSHE Assessment and Expectations for Teachers

SRE Scheme of work Reception - Year 6