Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is an important part of the Goat Lees curriculum. It aims to support our ethos of one school, one community one goal. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 such a curriculum:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
We aim to enable the children to acquire the skills, knowledge, learning and understanding that they need to manage their lives now, and in the future, to become good citizens in the community.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is also an important part of the PSHCE curriculum. It is currently taught during Upper Key Stage 2, although we are currently looking to develop this subject across the school as appropriate. Our current RSE policy was developed alongside parents and a representative of the Kent Community Health Trust, and can be viewed here.
Positive Action Research project
We have just started to take part in a project, that involves us piloting a PSHCE scheme in school. This scheme has been in place for many years across America, which has led to raising standards, greater pupil self-esteem, and general good pupil well being overall. The scheme is called 'Postive Action', and it's main aim is to empower greatness. The scheme provides all the materials needed for teachers, including a manual with a lesson plan for every lesson. It needs to be taught roughly 4 times a week, although these sessions may only need to be 5-10 mins. However, we are condensing the first year into the last 3 terms (terms 4,5&6), ready to start in full September 2016. The teaching is broken down into 6 units, which will all be followed at the same time by the whole school. These cover areas such as, the importance of positive actions, being honest with yourself and others, self management skills, healthy body and mind, and setting goals.The staff have all attended a one day course on how to deliver this scheme. The University of Belfast will be monitoring the delivery and impact of the scheme, with particular focus on Years 4 & 5.
Please click here for our Introduction to Positive Action newsletter where you can find out what we will be doing and how you can help your child.