Ethos

School ethos:

Striving for excellence in a caring Catholic community

PSHCE

At St Elizabeth School there is a dedicated emphasis on Personal Social Health Citizenship Education. We provide a range of teaching and learning opportunities to meet the PSHCE requirements of the National Curriculum. We teach children how to keep safe and manage the risks they may face at school, at home, in their local communities and online. Themes include democracy, drugs awareness, sex and relationship education, road safety, healthy eating and the environment.

We have incorporated the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) into our PSHCE programme, to teach children how to deal with difficult and emotional situations.

For more information please see our Curriculum page.

Why is PCSHE important?
At St. Elizabeth, we recognise that PSHCE enriches the lives of many pupils and develops their learning in a number of ways. The curriculum subject makes a major contribution to the health and achievement of children and young people. Furthermore, it contributes to the welfare and safety of children and young people, underpinning people’s future employability through the development of the personal and social skills which commerce and industry demand from our workforce. It helps to increase children and young people’s independence and ultimately enables them to take responsibility for themselves and prepares them for their future role as employees, parents and leaders.

Aims at St. Elizabeth Catholic Primary School

At St. Elizabeth, we aim to help pupils to

  • develop pupil’s confidences and responsibilities and make the most of their abilities.
  • play an active role as citizens.
  • develop a healthy, safe lifestyle with the ability to make appropriate risk assessments.
  • develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
  • understand some basic principles of finances.
  • make a positive contribution to the life of the school
  • develop an awareness of the importance of British values, democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

and linked with the school’s underpinning values and aims, it endeavours to foster pupils to become:

  • respectful;
  • resilient
  • responsible
  • able to build positive relationships.

British Values

At St Elizabeth, we recognise and promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Through this provision of SMSC, the school will:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England; further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

In order to meet this provision, the school will:

  • include in suitable parts of the curriculum, material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain (This may be linked within literacy and history topics, within genres such as debate or British law within history).
  • ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works.
  • actively promote a School Council.

Within the school, children are made aware of where to seek help if they suspect they or somebody else is being bullied (including cyber bullying). The faith of the school is also closely linked with the British feast day of St. George. Pupils take part in celebrations, prayer and worship. Furthermore, the school and its pupils know the national anthem and the British hymn “Jerusalem”.

Sex Relationship Education   

The St Elizabeth School policy on Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is based on the DfES document Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (DfES 0116/2000) and The Archdiocese of Westminster Guidance on Education for Personal Relationships.

Two key concepts which underpin our teaching of Sex Education are:

  • The dignity and worth of each person made in the image of God;
  • The importance of individuals coming together in mutual support and regard, to live and work for the good of humankind and the glory of God.

We are involved in Sex and Relationship Education because of our Christian beliefs about God and about the human person:

  • God is community – a trinity of love.
  • We are made in God’s image, Jesus is word made flesh, all flesh is holy.
  • Jesus’ command to love is the basis of all Christian morality.
  • Humans are created out of love.

Sex education is part of the personal, social and health education (PSHCE) curriculum in our school. When we inform our pupils through sex education about sexual issues, we do this with regard to morality and individual responsibility, and in a way that allows children to ask and explore moral questions.

With due regard for the Catholic ethos of the school, we teach children about:

  • the physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults;
  • the way humans reproduce;
  • respect for their own bodies and the importance of a committed, long-term, and loving relationship;
  • the importance of family life;
  • moral questions;
  • relationship issues;
  • respect for the views of other people;
  • child protection and what they should do if they are worried about any sexual matters.