What is PSHE?

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned curriculum that helps children and young people grow and develop as individuals and as part of a community.
Why is PSHE taught in schools?​

PSHE education makes a major contribution to schools’ statutory responsibilities to:

  • promote children and young people’s wellbeing;
  • achieve the whole curriculum aims; and
  • promote community cohesion

Why is PSHE education important to children and young people?

PSHE education equips children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives.
and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

What is taught at SMMA?

We have worked closely with colleagues at Islington local authority to develop a curriculum which integrates with our Programme of Inquiry.  The following document explains in detail which aspects of the PSHE curriculum will be taught in different year groups.

What is RSE curriculum?

Relationships and Sex education will soon be statutory in all schools.  At SMMA we have always had RSE curriculum taught.  At the Primary level, the focus is very much on the 'relationship' part of the education and are age appropriate. These focus on things such as:  

  • different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with strangers etc
  • how to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, and how to manage conflict, and also how to recognise unhealthy relationships;
  • how relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health; 
  • healthy relationships and safety online.

Our curriculum overview gives more detail about what is covered, but we welcome parents contacting the school for further information.  Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education and we recommend you contact the school so we can discuss this.  We are also able to provide lists of some recommended resources for helping you deal with what can be challenging conversations with younger children.

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