At Tyntesfield Primary School, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It is concerned with the emotional health, well-being and welfare of the pupils in our school.
PSHCE consists of learning designed to promote children’s personal, social and health development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others.
We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council and Eco Council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life, learning and being a positive member of multicultural society.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
The PSHCE and seal overview scheme of work is taught to prepare children to play an active role as members of a democratic society, preparing them to develop into independence, responsible citizens and to make informed choices about their own lifestyle now and in the future.
Thinking of others – being charitable
Being considerate and respectful of others – embracing differences
Being grateful and thankful
Being a good friend
What makes me special?
Belonging to a community
Changes and transition
Our assemblies also focus on PSHCE topics, for example:
Local charity work
Children’s rights and responsibilities
Equality and Diversity
Ethics and Morals
Friendship and Respect
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Tyntesfield these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. School council members for each year group are voted in by their class during a secret ballot election.
There is also an Eco-council, who are also voted in by their class and who meet regularly to develop the school’s allotment and organise activities to help raise awareness of environmental issues.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Magistrates Service and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Year 6 children spend an afternoon at Crucial Crew, where a number of representatives from across the borough educate the children on laws and rules of society and important safety messages are reinforced.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Tyntesfield we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Pupils very much enjoy coming to school... They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed... One pupil stated that, ‘You can be yourself here.’