King Edward’s Junior School staff always hold the health, wellbeing and personal development of our children amongst our highest priorities. It is a priority that arises both out of our aim to help our pupils develop into well-rounded and fulfilled individuals, and out of a recognition that social, physical and emotional health forms the essential foundation for successful learning.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. The subject is taught weekly by form tutors and the sessions follow the 'Learn4Life' scheme and our own individual programmes of study. The lessons are delivered using a range of teaching and learning styles designed to include all children.
During the sessions pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by understanding how to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. They develop a sense of awareness of their own learning styles and how to set and achieve goals and targets. They experience the process of democracy through the School Council, philosophy sessions and debates and voting in the House system. We provide opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to play their part in making their community a welcoming and caring environment. Links with the local community and the charities we fundraise for provide pupils with an understanding of others who are perhaps in positions less fortunate than themselves. We encourage them to develop emotional intelligence and the social skills so necessary for a fulfilled life and so that they can develop into tolerant and supportive individuals who embrace difference and challenge.