Our Clapham Manor PSHCE curriculum aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives, and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. We also believe that our approach to teaching PSHCE must contribute to increasing pupil wellbeing and positive mental health. It helps children develop as members of schools, neighbourhoods and wider communities and is concerned with issues of right and wrong, rights and responsibilities, fairness, rules and laws, power and authority, equality and diversity, communities and identities, democracy, conflict and cooperation.
As children grow and develop we believe PSHCE helps them to think and talk about issues relating to these concepts as they encounter them in their own lives and in the lives of others (including as depicted in the media). At Clapham Manor our primary aim is for pupils to develop the skills to take responsibility for their lives and know how to keep themselves healthy and happy through developing their own identity through exploring their community and the world around them.
Enabling teachers to be well-equipped through appropriate training, expertise and resourcing is central to our approach of creating a culture of openness and collaboration in the delivery of high quality PSHCE lessons for all pupils at Clapham Manor. The aims of our curriculum and its leader are as follows:
- Take account of the way in which all young people develop personally and socially and to recognise, appreciate and celebrate diversity
- Support learners to develop their own understanding of commitments and responsibilities on their personal lives, and in the wider context of our society
- Provide an environment in which pupils are able to listen to and see others’ points of view, cope confidently and effectively with people and situations, take initiative, and act responsibly as an individual, member of a family, school or wider community
- Develop a community of trust within the classroom and throughout the school where ideas, views, thoughts and feelings can be shared safely
- Promote opportunities for involvement in groups within the school and wider community that foster PSHCE aims
- Use a variety of ways to enable learners to contribute towards decision making in the school, including questionnaires, school and class councils
- Provide quality expertise in planning, assessment and resources in liaison with other curriculum leaders and school teams
- Provide an effective, centrally-based area with a broad range of quality and accessible resources that are kept up to date and well managed
- Continuously support pupils in developing an awareness of mental health and the importance of maintaining this and developing their personal well-being through a variety of strategies
- Equip all staff with the knowledge and skills to support pupil mental health and pupil well-being through the bespoke curriculum provided