Promoting the wellbeing and learning of all our learners is one of the core purposes of Education and Skills. We have a team that works in partnership with schools and educational settings to promote high quality inclusive provision that meets the statutory Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) responsibilities, the safeguarding curriculum and non-statutory duties.
An effective PSHE programme for school (inclusive of the RSHE curriculum) supports the health and wellbeing of learners by developing their knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Aspects can include: emotional and mental health, healthy relationships and sex education, drugs, alcohol and tobacco education, growing up and body changes, difference and diversity, risk taking behaviours, citizenship, financial education, careers and online safety.
A whole school approach to health and wellbeing helps children and young people to develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It helps builds their confidence, resilience and self esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Develop an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others which will help learners to form and maintain positive relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives (adapted from the PSHE association).
All schools have the statutory responsibility to:
- provide a curriculum which meets the statutory requirements of the Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education curriculum
- promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical developments of pupils at the school and of society
- prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of later life
- fulfil the public duty under the Equality Act 2010
- ensure pupils are taught about safeguarding, including online through teaching
Schools can also participate in the North Yorkshire Healthy Schools Award. Participation in the award is free for North Yorkshire state funded schools. The award focuses on the areas of:
- Emotional Wellbeing
- Active lifestyles
- Food in Schools
- Staff Wellbeing.
Schools will be able to achieve the award at bronze, silver and gold as they work through the different themes. For more information please go to the healthy schools website http://healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org/ or email HealthySchools@northyorks.gov.uk
Useful Documents, further support and training information
There are a range of North Yorkshire guidance documents to support schools implement an effective PSHE curriculum (inclusive of RSHE) and develop polices and a whole school approach to wellbeing. These are all available through the North Yorkshire Healthy Schools Website http://healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org/
- NYCC and Government guidance documents are available in the resource area of the website http://healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org/resources/
- Information about the training that is been provided to support schools around the PSHE curriculum, relationships and sex education, online safety, emotional health and wellbeing and the healthy schools award are in the training section of the website http://healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org/training-events/
- The regular PSHE and health and wellbeing newsletter and other updates are regular available in the news section of the website http://healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org/category/latest-news/
In North Yorkshire we can provide an extensive programme of training, networks, bespoke consultancy, reviews and guidance for Governors, Senior Leaders, Subject leads, teachers and support staff to cover all aspects of health and wellbeing and PSHE. For more information please contact North Yorkshire Education Services or contact Clare Barrowman, Senior Health and Wellbeing Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01609 536808