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PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education.
At St Joseph’s RC Middle School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of PSHE. We want them to be eager to achieve their very best in order to use their God-given talents, grow in self-confidence and positively contribute to the school. We strive to ensure that St Joseph’s will be a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.
PSHE is both a school curriculum subject and a naturally integral part of all learning at St Joseph’s RC Middle School. Through this subject our children and young people acquire knowledge and skills in order to encourage them to stay safe, be healthy, (physically and mentally), and prepare for life and work in the modern world.
PSHE is taught in a spiral curriculum where the key concepts are revisited year on year. Pupils are encouraged to articulate their thinking and develop their ideas through speaking and listening.
PSHE education covers many topics which are organised into three themes:
At St Joseph’s we follow a scheme recommended by the diocese called ‘Ten:Ten’ which follows the New National Curriculum for PSHE whilst adhering to the teaching of Catholic Education.
RE teachers are responsible for delivering PSHE lessons but it also links to form times and other subjects in school, as well as daily Catholic life and collective worship themes. We have several teaching assistants who are qualified in social and emotional learning, (ELSA), and they work on a 1:1 basis with identified children when the need arises. PSHE is also delivered with the help and support of external organisations and charities. For example, St John’s Ambulance, the Police, trips to Safety Works, the Fire Brigade, Show Racism the Red Card workshops, NSPCC, Diana Award, CAFOD, the Church and many more.
In our fight to ‘Stand up to Bullying’ and through the national Diana Award, St Joseph’s have six key children in year 8 who have been identified as Friendship Ambassadors. As a result of their anti-bullying training and the guidance from Mrs Hagger, they have learned to run workshops, lead assemblies and be a visual point of contact for the children in school.
Our principle aim is that all children leave St Joseph’s RC Middle School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in PSHE formed through interesting and exciting experiences that enhance their awareness of their own abilities and as a valued person of the community.