PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and is defined as a school curriculum intended to strengthen knowledge, skills, and connections. Specifically, it is intended to keep children and young adults healthy and safe while equipping them with the fortitude to handle the challenges of adult life. We use the Jigsaw scheme to teach PSHE throughout the school, which is divided into age-appropriate programmes of study which include:
- Emotional Literacy
- Relationships and Health
- Social Skills
- Spiritual Development
An amendment to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 made Relationships and Health Education at primary; and Relationships, Sex, and Health Education at secondary, statutory subjects.
The DfE guidance on Relationships, Health and Sex Education for governing bodies can be seen here. This became active from September 2020. We are confident that the Jigsaw Programme covers all aspects of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) within the context of a full PSHE programme in an age-appropriate way. Should changes to these curriculum areas occur in the future, Jigsaw will provide its schools with materials to ensure all statutory duties are fulfilled.
Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development
SMSC is the abbreviation for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. It encompasses all we do at Town Farm Primary School. We promote these important areas within our everyday activities of working, learning, playing and socialising together. The promotion of SMSC in school is important because it enables children to develop a deeper understanding of the wider world, develop an understanding and empathy of themselves and others and empowers children to take responsibility for their positive role in society where they value others.