PSHE and a Values Based curriculum
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is designed help to give pupils the knowledge, skills, values and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. At Beech Lodge we believe the effective teaching of PSHE is critical to the success and personal development of all of our pupils. Through our work within PSHE and through our status as a Values Based education provider we aim to support pupils in being healthy, knowing how to stay safe, enjoying and achieving in school and outside of school, in order to make a positive contribution to society, understand the importance of pro social behaviour and maximise their own potential.
Primary areas of focus
1. Developing confidence, responsibility and making the most of your abilities
2. Preparing to play an active role as citizens in school and the wider world
3. Developing a healthy, safer and sustainable lifestyle
4. Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people and their beliefs and practices
These 4 areas will be delivered not only in PSHE sessions as per the PSHE scheme of work. They will be continuously and discretely reinforced throughout the academic curriculum, form time and through the professional standards and expectations displayed by the school staff in conjunction with the schools values based approach.
What is a Values Based approach?
Values based Education is an approach to teaching that works by focusing on values. It creates a positive and strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement and focus’ on a continual and structured cross curricular development of students' social, emotional and interpersonal skills.
This positive learning environment is achieved through values that are continually modelled by staff through demonstration of best practice throughout Beech Lodge School.
When discussing values we are referring to the qualities and behaviours that make an individual or group of individuals positive and valued members of society. As a school our values could include the following as examples:-
These values will be addressed directly through lessons and assemblies but it is critical to reinforce these values and their significance through the whole curriculum. However they are conveyed these values are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. We encourage children to consider these values, and thereby to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be socially capable, educated and civil adults. The aim being to allow them to advance through life with a positive and balanced morale compass that enables them to reach their individual potential, whatever that may be.