At St Joseph’s aim to ensure that through a focus on citizenship, pupils are increasingly aware of what society is, how this functions and to begin to understand how they may play a constructive role in the society of the future. The Personal Social and Health Education and Citizenship curriculum is one of many ways that as a school we faciliate this.
This is taught both in terms of discrete units of PSHE work and through learning in other areas, most notably in RE, Science and PE. It is also delivered through assemblies, presentations, visits and visitors the school either as a year group, school phase or whole school as appropriate. Learning in PSHE also helps to support children at various stages during their own development, such as in the Early Years Foundation Stage, supporting children with turn taking, sharing and listening to others; or in Year 6, learning about the changes to the body during puberty and preparing for transition to Secondary School.
At St Joseph’s PSHE and Citizenship is also about giving pupils a significant voice in school. We have both an active School Council and Rights Respecting Schools Steering Committee that work alongside teachers, senior leaders and governors to ensure that there is pupil involvement in setting the vision and direction for the school. Pupils also participate in pupil voice exercises as part of subject monitoring and annually through the governors’ pupil voice survey.