PSHE is integral for a school where children feel valued, relaxed and able to learn.  We have a weekly PSHE assembly discussing issues and hearing social stories that are relevant to the needs of our children at any particular time.

We have achieved the Hertfordshire Schools Healthy Schools award which focuses on the physical and mental wellbeing of children and staff. Achieving this award shows how successful we are at providing the best that we can for all at our school.

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Education. This subject is taught both as a separate subject and through all other aspects of the curriculum. The aim of PSHE is to help raise pupil’s confidence and self esteem by ensuring everyone is respected; pupil’s acquire skills necessary to learn and grow up at ease with themselves; increase pupil motivation; improve student’s ability to reflect and become responsible for their own learning and are able to achieve to their full potential.

At Tannery Drift First School we follow the Learn 4 Life scheme which is supported by resources from the widely used SEAL programme. We teach the PSHE through 6 strands, two each term:

Learn 4 Life Theme Related SEAL Theme
Our Happy School New Beginnings
Out and About Getting On and Falling Out (including Say No To Bullying)
Looking Forward Going For Goals
My Friends and Family Relationships
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Good To Be Me
Ready Steady Go Changes

In order to deliver these aspects we use a variety of approaches such as circle time, videos and discussion, we have curriculum days which incorporate many of the themes above.

We have a very active School Council, who involve themselves in decision making within the school and in the local community.

The senior leadership team and members of teaching staff from each key stage have received Protective Behaviours Training. Protective Behaviours is a safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children and adults to recognise any situation where they feel worried or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened and explores practical ways to keep safe. Protective Behaviours also looks at identifying support networks for times when we need someone to listen and help.

This subject is not only concerned with knowledge of facts but also with the development of attitudes and values, relations with other people, respecting the rights and feelings of others and developing responsible relationships. Staff will answer questions as they occur naturally throughout the curriculum taking into account the individual child’s maturity and understanding.