Personal Heath Social Citizenship Education

PHSCE is distinctive in the curriculum as it is an opportunity to consider seriously the values, attitudes, opinions and actions of others, and ourselves in a framework which expects no academic measures or outcomes, sets no homework and has no exams.

Old Buckenham Hall’s policy on Social, Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Learning sets three aims within the context of the School’s ethos:

  • Lead pupils towards becoming confident and positive contributors to their community
  • Enable pupils to gain insights into the origins and practices of our culture and those of the wider community
  • Take steps to ensure pupils appreciate racial and cultural diversity and avoid and resist racism

The Purpose of PHSCE

PHSCE is a lifelong process for pupils of learning, refining and making sense of themselves as individuals, their relationships with others and the society
in which they live.

It is a process within which pupils may learn to:

  • Examine the values that underpin and inform their attitudes and behaviours
  • Reflect upon past experiences and consider the choices for future action
  • Identify areas for personal growth
  • Acknowledge the positive aspects of themselves and challenge the negative
  • Recognise the areas for personal growth

Old Buckenham Hall aims to give pupils opportunities to identify their personal and social development needs beyond the taught curriculum by:

  • Engaging in conversation in small groups
  • Talking to a member of staff within tutorial provision
  • Making collaborative decisions within the School Council

PHSCE aims to enhance pupils’ development by making them aware of:

  • The School’s values and social aims
  • The School’s Sex Education Policy
  • Substance Misuse/Use
  • Citizenship issues in the UK
  • Equal Opportunities – Gender Race Disability Sexuality
  • Child Protection Confidentiality Bullying

Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning with reference to:

  • heir contribution to the school and their own needs within that
  • Their life outside school and the contribution this makes to their personal and social development
  • Their own contribution to groups outside school

Personal Wellbeing

As part of PHSCE, all pupils take one module of Well-being to equip them with some of the skills they will need to lead flourishing lives. The skills that are taught emanate not only from recent research in Psychology, but also from centuries of reflection on what it means to be human. We consider it vital not only that pupils spend time developing their academic talents, but that they learn about being human and how they can best make use of the potential they have. The lessons follow a simple format: pupils are encouraged to discuss or think about a particular issue relating to being human (such as the need for sleep, or the way that we deal with each other in relationships) and they are taught an intervention‘: a practical skill to help them to develop that area of their lives (for example, mindfulness meditation or practising a random act of kindness).

The Well-being course is made up of 6 strands, which are covered over the course of the child’s time at OBH: (1) Physical health, (2)Positive relationships;
(3) Perspective: building a psychological immune system; (4) Strengths: finding talents and character strengths; (5)The world: learning to lead sustainable lives in a consumer culture; (6) Meaning and purpose: what does life hold in store? The pre-eminent focus of this course is on what a flourishing human life looks like.

How is PHSCE taught?

In addition to a weekly timetabled lesson with their Form Teacher, the themes of PHSCE are integrated throughout the school in other subjects, in assemblies and on a formal basis. On a Monday afternoon, all children take part in activities that change half termly and form the enrichment carousel. A number of these aim to ‘flesh out; taught PHSCE including, team building, community service, work experience, volunteer work, conservation and sustainability in school, debating and sex, drug and alcohol education. Thursday evenings are World of Work Talk evenings where members of a wide range of professions are invited in to talk to our senior children. Recent guest speakers have included, accountants, charity workers, BBC correspondent, Radiologist and a TV producer.

Children are also given plenty of opportunity to undertake PHSCE with outside providers including experts in drugs and alcohol and specialists in team building. Recent guests include Eric Phillips and Phil Hayday-Brown both of who are Polar Guides and Explorers and who spent the day undertaking mental and physical team building challenges.