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Ogbourne C of E Primary School

Our Personal, Social, Health & Economic Curriculum (including Relationships & Sex Education)

Our PSHE Intent - 2021-22

Our PSHE Implementation - 2021-22

We teach PSHE in a discrete weekly session and we follow the SCARF PSHE program, which is a whole school approach that provides a scheme of learning from the foundation stage through to Key Stage 2. 

SCARF, standing for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship is mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study. It is centred on a values based, ‘Growth Mindset’ approach and is divided into six half- termly units. The units are tailored to each year group under the following themes:

  1. Me & My Relationships
  2. Valuing Difference
  3. Keeping Myself Safe
  4. Rights & Responsibilities
  5. Being My Best
  6. Growing & Changing

Children explore these strands year-on-year, building a toolkit of strategies and knowledge which they apply in scenario-based lessons, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and practise the skills in a safe and caring environment.  These six units run in tandem with our school values which are Love, Friendship, Integrity, Respect, Effort, Love.

Every teacher has access to SCARF online resources which include lesson plans and additional resources for use/amendment. As well as using the SCARF scheme, we also implement and place high importance on themed weeks or days, such as ‘Anti- Bullying Week’ or “World Mental Health Day”.   Whilst always full of fun, they promote important messages about health, safety and wellbeing. 

Our PSHE Impact - 2021-22

All teachers are encouraged to be flexible and imaginative in the way that they choose to record their lessons which may be in the class floor book or in the children’s topic book. They may choose to use photographs of lessons with annotations or speech bubbles. Alternatively, they may choose a piece of written work from a group or individual children.  

Children are given a safe space in which to discuss their feelings, opinions and develop their emotional intelligence. Our  teachers include a range of formal and informal assessment tools to review how the children have progressed over the term. This includes:

  • Pupil voice
  • End of unit assessment

It is evident when walking through the school that the development of the whole child is central to the work that we do – children are well-cared for and the development of personal, social, emotional and health needs is a strength. Children at Ogbourne Primary School are able to talk confidently about how to keep themselves safe both in and around school as well as online. They care for each other, accept differences and support their peers in a way that demonstrates our school Values.

As children progress through the school, their ability to articulate their feelings develops. Children at Ogbourne Primary School are reflective and articulate when discussing their emotions. Using scenarios within their learning means that children can apply transferrable skills, preparing them to meet unknown situations with confidence.  Where additional support is required to develop any area within a child’s personal, social, emotional or health needs, intervention is swift and effective, supported by our T.A pastoral lead.

Our Relationships & Sex Education - 2021-22

As a part of your child’s educational at Ogbourne CofE Primary School, one of our aims is to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. PSHE gives your children the knowledge, under-standing, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

The Department for Education has made changes to Relationships & Sex Education following nationwide consultation which came into effect as from September 2020. All schools, including Ogbourne, are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education

The DfE’s guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. In light of the pandemic and our current context, at Ogbourne we believe these topics to be more important than ever before.

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give our children the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

We also know that RSE has a protective factor when it comes to safeguarding children. 1 in 20 children are sexually abused and 1 in 3 of these not report this to an adult. Sexual abuse can happen to any child; the best way to safeguard children is to ensure that they receive information on naming parts of their body, knowing the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touch, and having the skills and confidence to find and talk to a trusted adult to report any abuse.

Research now shows that children with better health (including mental health) and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically. By learning about positive relationships, respect for themselves and others, and behaving appropriately and safely online, they are better able to enjoy their friendships and therefore focus more at school.

Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. Therefore we have chosen to adopt Coram Life Education’s SCARF scheme (SCARF). SCARF provides a comprehensive scheme of work for PSHE education and covers all of the DfE’s statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education. It also covers the learning opportunities within the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, therefore providing for elements such as the rights of the child, caring for the environment, economic education, and children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education, including British Values, which are statutory requirements. For your further information we attach an introductory letter from Coram Life Education about SCARF, and their full curriculum overview e-booklet: Coram Life Education “Helping Children Make Healthy Choices”.

Our Parent Consultation - Spring 2020

As part of this process, we needed to consult – via an online survey - with parents, staff and governors to help inform our decision on when and how certain content is covered. Therefore, parents received an email containing a link to an online survey in which they were asked the following questions:

  1. Did you know that it is now law that as from Summer 2021 there should be a school policy on sex and relationship education? 
  2. Has your child ever talked to you about something they learned at school to do with growing up, sex and relationships? 
  3. Has your child ever asked you questions about growing up, sex and relationships? 
  4. Would you like more information about what the school will teach on sex and relationships? 
  5. Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationship and sex? 
  6. Are there any changes that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
  7. Are there any changes that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum Outline? 
  8. Thinking about RSE, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
  9. Thinking about RSE, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?  Yes / No / Comment

The results from this consultation enabled us to reach a general consensus and make adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on this feedback.

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