Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education and RSE
Our PSHE education programme equips pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals. We have designed our curriculum around the Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education curriculum.
We understand that today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
We use the Cambridge Personal Development Programme and R-Time to deliver our PSHE and RSE curriculum in a graduated, age-appropriate and purposeful manner that supports pupils' understanding. These can be seen by clicking on the links below. We also cover key themes within our PE, Science and Computing curriculum and integrate teaching where appropriate.
We keep parents informed of the education their child will receive before undertaking RSE lessons in Years 4-6 so they are enabled to continue the conversations started in class at home. Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of the statutory RSE. There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education. The Relationships Education, RSE, and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools.
Fernvale’s school council also takes an active role in supporting our learning through their contributions and fundraising ideas. In addition, Year 5/6 children work as mentors during breaks in their role as playground buddies, and all years act as Book Buddies for peer support. The whole school takes an active role in support against bullying and all classes take part in the anti-bullying week every November.