At Tidemill, we are committed to developing the whole child. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) develops the children’s understanding of their rights and responsibilities, of British values, such as tolerance and democracy, and of healthy lifestyles and relationships. PSHE provides children with the skills to manage risk and make informed personal choices in a rapidly changing and challenging world. We nurture children’s individuality and develop their social and personal skills to enable them to build positive relationships based on respect and tolerance within school and the wider community.
PSHE is a core part of the offer at Tidemill and discrete lessons are taught regularly. Tidemill uses the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) for teaching PSHE across the school. These themes are further embedded during assemblies, workshops or regular responsive circle time. In addition, there are several cross-curricular and whole school events that raise the profile of PSHE themes: Safer School Week in the autumn term to discuss bullying; Children’s Mental Health Week in the spring term in co-operation with Place2Be; and Healthy Schools Week in the summer term with the PE and DT teams.
Classroom charters are co-created by pupils and teachers at the beginning of each school year based on the UNICEF convention on the rights of the child. This class charter forms the basis of PSHE teaching and classroom management, with an emphasis on respecting the rights of others. Each half term has a different SEAL focus including bullying; friendships; coping with change; understanding what makes a good learner; and setting goals. Each theme is differentiated by age group to enable clear progression across the school. Activities and discussions around these themes are presented in class PSHE books. Aspects of PSHE and citizenship are regularly taught in cross-curricular contexts, such as E-safety, as well as through circle time in response to individual classes needs. Sex and relationship education (SRE) and drugs education also form part of the PSHE and science programmes of study.