Subject Lead: Mrs L Storey - Deputy Head, SENCO, DSMHL
Relevant training: Designated Senior Mental Health Lead accreditation.
At St Bees Village School, we believe that all children should be given the best possible opportunities and be equipped with the best possible tools to enable them to achieve success. By improving children's physical and psychosocial well-being, through the use of PSHE, we remove barriers to learning which will in turn support children in achieving their academic potential.
Through PSHE, we aim to enable children to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain. We aim to give every child an equal opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future by fostering lifelong aspirations, goals and values. This includes helping them to deal with critical issues they face every day such as friendships, emotional well-being and change. And giving them a solid foundation for whatever challenging opportunities lie ahead, so they can face a world full of uncertainty with hope.
“In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.”
“These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’ wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.”
Secretary of State Foreword DfE Guidance 2019 p.4-5
What the children think
"PSHE helps me to understand my feelings. I sometimes worry about things and it doesn't make me feel very nice, but the PSHE lessons make me feel less worried and I know how to help myself and who to ask for help" (Year 5 child).
" I like talking about things in PHSE. There is no right and wrong answer and I like to talk about what I think and feel and ask questions about things that I don;t understand. It helps me to feel more confident and safe to try things" (Year 4 child).
" I enjoy thinking about my future and about what I would like to do in the future" (Year 2 child).
" PSHE lessons teach me how to make friends and how to be a good friend and care for other people" (Year 1 child).
Whole School Overview
Progression of Skills throughout school