PSHE stands for personal, social, health and economic education.

PSHE is an important part of life at Sayes Court. Through discreet PSHE lessons every week, as well as weekly assemblies and the ethos and values of our school, we aim to teach the skills needed for our children to be independent, confident, emotionally literate and safe individuals, both at school and beyond.

The topics covered through PSHE sessions include:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Financial capability
  • Drugs education
  • Staying safe, including e-safety
  • Relationships and sex education

Each class studies these areas at a level that is suitable for them, as identified by DfE and Surrey guidance. Teacher use the Learn 4 Life syllabus to support them with this. We also welcome visitors to support our PSHE learning, from our NSPCC assemblies and workshops to visits from PC Mount to discuss internet safety, as well as the Fire Brigade and Mary the lollypop lady. Assemblies are used to share whole school discussions around certain topics within the PSHE curriculum and our learning behaviours, values and culture of Safeguarding also support these vital skills.


Relationships and sex education (RSE)

All schools have a duty to teach relationships and sex education. Indeed, in recent studies, secondary school children said that this one area of education should have more attention, including at primary school. We always ensure that the level of information is suitable to the children’s age, supported by the DfE and Surrey guidance. For example, in Reception our children explore relationships through skills such as turn taking, whereas in upper Key Stage 2 we have discussions around peer pressure.

A parent’s meeting is held at least once a year to discuss RSE so that parents are kept up-to-date with the curriculum and what is being taught within their child’s class. Letters are also sent home before any SRE session, so that parents are aware what is being covered and can support this learning at home. We believe that in order for RSE to be successful, children need to be able to ask questions at school and at home. We will always support parents with these discussions with their children if so requested.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RSE sessions. The children will still learn the elements of the topic that are covered by the science curriculum, as this is statutory.

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