Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and relationship and sex education (RSE) is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. At Hexham Priory School we strive to develop our children’s independence, well-being, confidence and social communication skills to ensure they are achieving their maximum potential. Through a planned developmental programme of learning, pupils at Hexham Priory School acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies they need to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives now and in the future.
The curriculum followed at Hexham Priory School integrates PSHE and RSE learning intentions into our day to day teaching and learning. The primary department use Zones of Regulation to support this. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities.
PSHE and RSE is part of a whole school approach. In the Primary and Secondary departments, discrete lessons are taught on a weekly basis and pupils will have an individual target set out in their Individual Educational Plan where appropriate. Topics are chosen to reflect the age, needs and diverse ability range of our pupils. Midterm planning is taken from the PSHE Association’s suggested programme for Key Stages 1-4, which encompasses many areas of study within three core themes;
These are taught in accordance with pupils’ readiness and are appropriate across all Key Stages.
Our school curriculum includes important focus areas e.g. Active Learning, and Creating and Thinking Critically. These support the development of skills children and young people need to acquire in order to gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to manage their lives now and in the future. Planning for PSHE and RSE covers emotional health and well-being, rights and responsibilities, personal and social development and sex and relationship education at a level appropriate to our pupils’ age and ability. At Hexham Priory School we acknowledge the importance of relationships education. RSE teaching begins at an early level, for example, being able to identify people by gender and moves at an appropriate pace as required by individual pupils. Pupils are supported to develop the strategies they need to reduce or remove barriers to learning therefore significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant continues to work with small groups and individuals on a planned basis.
Opportunities to further our pupils’ development in PSHE and RSE are embedded within many other subjects and are a focus of school assemblies, special events and curriculum themed weeks. There are also some occasions where teachers feel it necessary to teach an element of PSHE/RSE in relation to individual pupil’s needs and this is usually planned with input from parents and relevant multi-agency professionals. A wealth of enrichment activities provided through our school clubs e.g. karate club, links with the local community, educational visits and residential trips further compliment and support the PSHE and RSE curriculum. It is also one of the many ways in which we support the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of our pupils.
We promote fundamental British values whilst preparing our children and young people for life in modern Britain and the wider world. Through PSHE and across the curriculum, pupils explore democracy, rights and responsibilities, respect and tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and opinions.
We strive to provide inspiring learning opportunities so that our children can grow into happy and safe individuals. We maintain at all-time our school motto ‘Never Underestimate a Child’s Ability’.