At St Teresa’s Catholic Primary school, we believe the values underpinning our Catholic teaching provide a strong foundation in PSHE and Citizenship. Our Christian values are at the heart of all that we do and permeate through every aspect of school life.
‘Christ be in our heads, in our hearts and in our hands.’
The National Curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum. It also links to the Ofsted judgments in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
The Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education were made compulsory in all primary schools in September 2020. The Department for Education published statutory guidance for Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE in June 2019. This covers broad areas of particular relevance and concern to children and young people today. The changes have been made to ensure that every child is guaranteed a PSHE education that covers mental health and wellbeing, physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid) and learning about safe, healthy relationships, including understanding consent and negotiating life online.
As a Catholic School, we teach RSE – Relationships, Sex Education throughout KS1 and KS2, using the programme 'Journey to Love', provided by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education, but not from statutory Relationships Education or Health Education.
PSHE at St. Teresa's
Our PSHE lessons aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning. We use the planning and teaching resources from the PSHE Association across the Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2. Lessons are grouped into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. RSE, Antibullying and Drugs and Alcohol are part of this curriculum.
We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure. At St Teresa’s, we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life; laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles through core themes within R.E. teaching and also in PSHE lessons. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
At St. Teresa's we have a two year cycle for PSHE and Citizenship.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended our normal way of life. We have now welcomed children back to school – not after a break of a few weeks like normal, but after several months. Understandably, the return to school may be an anxious or difficult time for children and parents. Please click on the link below for ideas and support.
Below you will find a range of links and websites you may find useful.
How to talk to your child about Coronavirus - click here
Parenting during the Coronavirus outbreak - click here
Click here for information about how you can help your child by starting a conversation about their worries - Take 20 minutes Young Minds.
Healthy sleep tips for children - click here.
Support for parents - During this stressful and cooped-up time, reach out for support. Try these simple tips and tricks, formulated by researchers and NHS mental health experts, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.
Separation Anxiety - top tips for parents