PSHEE education is the core subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and personal attributes they need to keep them healthy and safe. It is during our PSHEE lessons that we are preparing the pupils for the wider world; and help them to manage their lives now and in the future. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils.
At Amesbury as part of the teaching we use the Jigsaw programme from reception to Year 6 and a course largely based on the only DFE approved curriculum from the PSHE Association with the overarching aim to develop our children’s ability to be reflective, to think independently, collaboratively, critically and make informed choices regarding personal, social, economic and health issues. It is our aim at Amesbury to equip our pupils to cope with those tricky ‘Crunch Moments’ as they mature and to help the children to develop the necessary characteristics and skills that will ensure their safety and give them the knowledge needed to cope in our society.
Children learn responsibility best and gain a sense of moral values by discussing with good guidance from the earliest age real and controversial issues. Talk, discussion and debate are the bases of social responsibility and intercourse and the grounding and the practice of active citizenship – Professor Bernard Click
Our approach is focused on pupils becoming more aware of their emotions in real situations, of how they interact with each other, and then learning how to reflect and interact more effectively in social settings. What we think, affects the way that we behave. We consider it important, therefore, that the children are given the space and the opportunity to develop the skills and ability to think and reflect. Pupils are also given the opportunity to disclose any worries they may have and are given the opportunity to confidentially ask any further questions about any PSHEE subject at the end of each lesson. This allows staff to become aware of a pupil’s concern and allows staff to act on every matter that arises.
PSHEE is officially taught during a 40 minute period each week. Extra time is often gained however through cross-curricular work, assemblies, chapel services and circle time. PSHEE is also allocated more time when focusing on specific topics such as Anti-Bullying Week, Promoting British Values, choosing school charities, Internet Safety Days, writing Year Group Charters and of course not to forget Charity Day the Whole School Festival!
Head of Department
Caroline Munday firmly believes in the benefits of educating ‘the Whole Child’ and how this enables a child to develop into becoming a safer, well-rounded, resilient, successful and happy adult. She is very passionate about the pastoral care system within a school and ‘supporting the individual.’ Recent training has included ‘Child Mental Health’, ‘Child Counselling’, ‘Developing Character’, ‘Self Harming’, ’Anorexia’, ’E-Safety’,’ and ‘The Grieving Child.’
The strength of PSHEE comes from its breadth; helping prepare young people to meet the challenges they face now, and those yet to come as adults