At Newfield Park, PSHE, mental health and well-being is at the heart of all we do for both children, parents and staff alike and is securely embedded in our ethos. It underpins everything we do and who we are as a school community. We want to encourage and nurture our children into becoming confident, empathetic members of the community and wider world, whose voices are valued and heard.
We aim to inspire, nurture and help our children develop into successful and respectful members of society. PSHE runs through not only a scheme of work but also assemblies, classroom management and pupil voice throughout school. As teachers we role model the expectations we have for our children, through the strong belief that children live what they learn. Pupil voice is important to us here at Newfield Park and the children, throughout their time at Newfield have a variety of opportunities to undertake these roles. We have School Council, Maths Council, Eco Council, Globetrotters, Science Ambassadors and Anti-bullying Ambassadors, House Captains, prefects and Playpals. Within each of these groups, children's voices and opinions are listened to, shared and acted upon so that our school and community reflects the children we are caring for and educating. We also successfully support our local and global communities.
We are linked with Madiana and Hanna Vibe schools in the Gambia. We raise money to support the Gambian schools, helping to build classrooms, support and develop the communities and sponsor a child per year group in Hanna Vibe so the children can attend school (more information can be found on the Project Gambia area of the website).
We aim to inspire all children to achieve their full potential within a fully inclusive and Rights Respecting Curriculum focused on rights and responsibilities for ourselves, each other, the local community and as citizens in the wider world. We believe the importance of PSHE and Citizenship is to:
- Provide a supportive environment for learning
- Raise pupil’s self-esteem, confidence and responsibility
- Reduce the chances that the pupils’ education will be interrupted or impaired, for example by fear of bullying,
- Enable pupils to play an active and positive role as members of a democratic society
- Promote positive attitudes
- Develop pupils who engage in being active global citizens
- Create a Rights Respecting ethos
The RSE curriculum has been created in line with Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Guidance, (Department for Education 2019). The documentation states that it is the duty of schools under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure no pupils experience discrimination or harassment. The Act uses the term “protected characteristics” to refer to aspects of a person’s identity protected by law. Treating a person less favourably because they have one or more of these characteristics would be unlawful. Protected Characteristics include Age, Disability, Sex, Gender Reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity.