PSHE & Citizenship
SMSC, PSHE and British Values
Lea Forest Academy is passionate about teaching the ‘whole child’ and we believe that this will lead to better outcomes for pupils. Therefore the SMSC, PSHE and British Values curriculum runs through every aspect of our school, from our School Values to the displays in our rooms, from the way the staff speak to the children to the way the Office staff speak to parents, from Assemblies to PSHE lessons, from celebrating every achievement to supporting every loss. It is embedded in everything we do. We work hard to support the children to identify, CELEBRATE and explain differences and similarities between people, cultures and religions. Our curriculum is closely linked to the Unicef Rights of the Child, including but not exclusively;
- Article 2-The Convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.
- Article 13-Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
- Article 14-Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
- Article 28-Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights.
- Article 29-Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
A huge part of our PSHE and SMSC is taught through a systematic scheme of work called PATHS (Promoting alternative thinking strategies). The PATHS scheme is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, peer relations and self-esteem, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills. Each day a VSP (very special person) is picked to receive compliments from their friends, their teachers and themselves.
Additionally, each class have a theme book which includes all their work on SMSC, PSHE, RE and British Values, e.g. Anti-bullying week; Y4 trips to safeside; Y6 Workshop on modern slavery; Diwali Dance workshops. All theme work is linked to the Unicef Rights of the Child.
Votes for Schools
A huge part of our work on British Values is taught through a programme called ‘Votes for Schools’. Each week pupils will have the chance to discuss debatable news-related questions in a considered and respectful way. At the end of the discussion, pupils get the chance to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’. These results are collected digitally, and the national results are shared with pupils the following week.
Manifestos are written and councillors are democratically elected in September. School Council meetings are linked to the Unicef Rights of the Child. Councillors are encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions to make the school; their community; the country and the world a safer and happier place.
PSHE, SMSC and British Values are not only important to raise attainment and progress, but they are essential to equip pupils with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. At Lea Forest Academy we believe each pupil is unique and individual, and they need to be respected, understood and valued in order to achieve their full potential.
Updated November 2019