Our PSHE specialist is Miss Hill (BA QTS Personal, Social and Health Education)
Read more about the PSHE curriculum here:
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Curriculum Intent: To enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a diverse and multicultural society. St Matthew’s is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all pupils so they can learn and develop in a relaxed and secure environment.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Our Vision
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Pupils are actively encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so we help to develop pupils’ sense of worth and we teach them how society is organised and governed. We teach them about their rights and responsibilities and enable them to learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a culturally diverse society.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils is extremely important and pupils are supported on a daily basis through the school’s ethos and across many areas of the curriculum. Collective worship also provides regular opportunities to further enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, promoting the school’s Christian values and celebrating achievements.
At St Matthew’s, we follow the PSHE Association Programmes of Study (PoS) which aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
The National Curriculum states that "all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice". PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
Through our PSHE curriculum children will learn to:
• Love themselves and to recognise their own importance
• Have empathy for others
• Forgive others and be aware of the damage caused by holding on to hurt
• Build healthy relationships
• Have a resilient mindset
• Make good choices and have healthy conversations based on truth
PSHE has now become a statutory area of the National Curriculum and we believe that our curriculum at St Matthew's meets these requirements.
Children leave our school as happy, well-balanced individuals. They feel loved, cared for, valued and well prepared for the next step in life. Children hold responsibilities throughout the school such as school librarians, digital leaders and eco-council representatives and have created a happy, safe learning environment. They also make key whole school decisions as members of various pupil voice groups throughout school such as Ethos Group and School Council.