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PSHE and Citizenship at The White House School

This document should be read alongside the school British Values Policy and Relationship and Sex Education Policy.


Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) and Citizenship enable children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. At the White House School pupils are encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. Their sense of self worth and confidence is developed at every stage of their school career. The children learn how society is organised and governed. They experience the process of democracy first hand by participating fully in school life. Each class has a Form Captain and monitors and every member of Class Six holds a position of responsibility. School activities and teaching help the children to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of society.


Aims and objectives

The aims of PHSE and Citizenship are to enable the children to:


  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
  • Be aware of safety issues.
  • Understand the importance of and how to ensure good relationships with others.
  • Have respect for others and their beliefs.
  • Be independent and responsible members of the school community.
  • Be positive and active members of society.
  • Develop self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues.
  • Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.


and to have an understanding and knowledge of fundamental British Values:

  • Democracy: Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process;
  • The rule of law: Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England;
  • Individual liberty: Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law ;
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Support for equality of opportunity for all and respect and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.




Teaching and learning

At The White House School we use a range of teaching and learning methods. The children are encouraged to take part in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. The pupils take part in practical activities that promote active citizenship – e.g. charity fundraising and the planning of assemblies and school special events.


We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers such as charity workers, police and representatives from the local church who are invited into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.


Curriculum Planning

We teach PSHE and Citizenship in a variety of ways.


Some classes have timetabled sessions based upon the Folens scheme of work, the Shropshire ‘Respect Yourself’ program or specific topics reactive to events. These sessions are usually taught in a half-termly block.


PSHE and Citizenship are also approached through other subjects – for example when teaching about local environmental issues in Geography or healthy living and sex education in Science. There is also a large overlap between the programme of study for Religious Education and the aims of PSHE and Citizenship.


We teach PSHE and Citizenship in the Early Years Foundation Stage as an integral part of the topic work covered in the year. The sessions are related to the aims and objectives laid out in the Early Learning Goals. Our teaching in PHSE and Citizenship matches the aims of developing a child’s personal, emotional and social development and in developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.


We also develop PSHE and Citizenship through activities and whole school events such as themed assemblies, concerts and plays.


The children have devised their own classroom, lunchtime and playground rules and children from Class Six are “Playground Friends”, taking turns to help out in the yard during breaks.



Assessment and Recording

Teachers assess the children’s work in PHSE and Citizenship both by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons and in less formal situations such as clubs and play. There are formal assessments in other related lessons – e.g. Science and Geography.


Children in the EYFS are assessed with reference to the statements included in the Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World sections of the EYFS Curriculum.




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