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St Stephen's

Building Each Other Up in Love and Learning

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (P.S.H.E.&C.)

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PHSE&C seeks to educate the children in a way that builds self-awareness and positive self-esteem. It encourages the confidence to live healthily, keep safe, develop worthwhile and fulfilling relationships, respect for difference, become independent and responsible, play an active role as a member of a democratic society and make the most of their own and other people’s abilities. These personal and social attitudes underpin our whole-school ethos. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class and school councils, fundraising events, supporting charities and involvement in community activities. We encourage children to foster pastoral relationships between year groups, for example reading with younger peers. An entrepreneurial spirit is also fostered with a variety of projects, such as Year 6’s Stride programme.

The PSHE&C programme includes drugs, sex and relationships education.

Sex and Relationships Education in KS2

Parents, teachers and governors have developed a comprehensive sex education programme. It is taught through PSHE&C and Science, in the context of family life, loving relationships and respect for others. The school policy is available to parents, who are invited to view teaching materials prior to the start of the programme of study. Parents are also given the opportunity to evaluate the teaching programme afterwards, as constructive feedback is always welcome and is used to inform future lessons.

The course takes account of all children’s needs; however we respect parents’ rights to withdraw their children from those parts of the programme not included in the National Curriculum.