At the Spires Federation, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity. Wellbeing, aspiration and being worldly wise are at the heart of our schools and as small schools, we pride ourselves on the nurturing, family environment we are able to offer our pupils.
As a federation, our PSHE lessons are supported by The Jigsaw Programme, which offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. The Jigsaw Programme is supplemented by our own well-being frameworks and strategies which are embedded within each of our schools – including well-being areas, check in stations, a counselling offer and additional curriculum enrichment.
Through our weekly sessions, we aim to provide our pupils with the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to support themselves in school, at home and further into the wider world – both mentally and physically - through our PSHE curriculum. Pupils are taught in a relaxed and ‘safe to speak’ environment, where they feel comfortable to listen, engage and learn, through a combination of team-building games, meditation, talking time and group and individual activities. The sessions provide challenge and help the pupils consider their aspirations and how to reach their goals, as well as staying safe as they enter the wider world. The lessons teach children about our diverse world and provide opportunities to communicate and challenge differing and similar perceptions and beliefs close to home and around the globe. .
Our PSHE curriculum supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.