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At Featherbank, we understand that the education of the whole child is such an important part of our positive growth and development.  Through our "You, Me & PSHE" programme, we develop understanding of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education across all Key Stages at Featherbank.

We believe in supporting and nurturing our pupils' Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social Development and this is addressed through integrated curriculum and pastoral development, such as: spiral-curricular PSHE lessons, wellbeing and mindfulness class and whole-school time, nurture interventions and additional support for vulnerable children and those with additional needs.

We encourage children to find and use their voice and support our community cohesion by involving ourselves in our local community, eg: local green area develop (Featherbank Forest),  Visits from our local MP, cluster activities and schools working together to support and nurture.


In the new Curriculum update for PHSE, our understanding of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) has been re-developed in several different directions.  Each of these aims to develop the different key areas of pastoral and personal education that PSHE encourages.  At Featherbank, we are working closely together to nurture and provide a broad and balanced education for all.

The new areas are as follows:

= This covers personal and communal health, safeguarding and wellbeing, including: the need to look after our bodies; follow balanced and nutritious diets; sleep to restore our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing; keep ourselves clean and avoid germs and illness; learn about our growing and developing bodies, including growing through life-stages, adolescence and puberty.  This also links to the National Curriculum Science provision.

= This covers our intra-personal, inter-personal, communal and family relationships: how we view ourselves; how we relate to others; how we develop mental and emotional wellbeing; our connections to family, friends and our communities; recognising positive, caring and respectful relationships; developing caring friendships; keeping ourselves safe (physically, mentally, emotionally and digitally) and forming positive self-images.

* SEX EDUCATION  (Part of the Relationship Education programme, unified as RSE).  
= This covers all of our developmental learning, from Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and beyond: learning about labelling, understanding and looking after our bodies, about our developmental changes (including during puberty); learning about emotional and hormonal development through adolescence; recognising positive caring and stable relationships and helping to reduce gender-based discrimination, violence and prejudice.  RSE is heavily focused around safeguarding our children: keeping them safe from harm (both online and offline), encouraging tolerance, reducing the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse, domestic violence, bullying and prejudice.

What Is PSHE And Why Is It Important?

PSHE stands for PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH and ECONOMIC EDUCATION.   It helps children to develop into well-rounded, aware members of our country who are able to make a positive contribution to society and be productive and positive members of our community.

This year, we are pleased and happy to announce that we have adopted the "YOU, ME & PSHE" curriculum programme to teach and develop PSHE.

In our PSHE lessons, we draw on GOVERNMENT teaching, such as the RULE OF LAW and our BRITISH VALUES programme.  We consider how to keep ourselves and others SAFE, such as our SAFEGUARDING systems and education.  We teach children about looking after their own health via teaching about diet, exercise, drugs and alcohol.  We teach personal development such as positive relationship education, which progresses towards puberty and sex education in upper Key Stage 2.  We celebrate DEMOCRACY and reinforce this via our voting and election systems in school for positions such as SCHOOL COUNCIL , who themselves form a key part of PSHE in school: acting as student voice and a very important bridge between staff direction and children's thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Classes have PSHE timetabled as part of their curriculum learning and we also build it into special enrichment opportunities, days and celebrations, where particular elements are focused on in greater detail.  These opportunities, like our Christmas Concert, Walk of Art, charity events (eg: Red Nose Day, Remembrance Day) all go towards developing awareness of community, national and global issues.


We believe in understanding mental health concerns, promoting positive mental health and encouraging all members of our school to be positive mental health champions.  We encourage all our children to to support and help others and help to make our school a safe place where all are welcome and all can live out our school motto: "Every child safe, every child happy, every child growing."

In 2021-22,  we have shown our commitment to mental health by additional classroom activities to promote wellbeing, including our MINDFUL MOMENTS, which take place three times each week.  All classes take part in REFLECTION assemblies each week, often concentrating on one of our VALUES FOR LIFE, such as tolerance, determination, trust, forgiveness, etc.   Our staff area also supported by additional training on managing stress and encouraing them to find positive work-life balances.

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In our BRITISH VALUES policy, we show that we take our role as educator of the next generation very seriously and we want to help them to develop into well-rounded and informed members of society.

Our ANTI-BULLYING policy shows our commitment to ensuring that all children come to school with the opportunity to feel safe and welcome, build a sense of belonging and be free from oppression, discrimination and hate.  We care about our school and our children and school should be a positive and safe place for them.


This, our School Motto, is what we seek to uphold in school and help our children to develop into well-rounded individuals, who are aware of their own capabilities; strive to challenge themselves; aim to become more, do more and find their own place in society.

To be a Featherbanker is to feel welcomed, supported, encouraged and given opportunities to develop and grow.

In our PSHCE studies, the children learn about their rights, develop and discuss their opinions on important matters.  They learn how to explore and manage their own emotions and opinions and how to shape these using skills like debating, presentations and speeches.   They examine case studies, learn about philosophy, ethics and morals.   They also learn how they are changing, from the physical (including relationships and human development) to the psychological and emotional.

We teach the children about the core BRITISH VALUES - what it means to be part of our country and their cultural and community heritage.  The values that define "Being British" are: 

The Rule Of Law,
Individual Liberty,
Mutual Respect &
Tolerance and Respect for All.


General information

The PSHE association: http://www.pshe-association.org.uk/

BBC learning zone: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/pshe.shtml


Drugs, smoking and alcohol education

Talk to frank: http://www.talktofrank.com/?&gclid=CJehuJGM77MCFW_KtAodyVoAAw

Hope UK: http://www.hopeuk.org/

Kenward trust: http://kenwardtrust.org.uk/

Drink aware: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

NHS Smokefree: http://smokefree.nhs.uk/

Quit smoking: http://www.quitbecause.org.uk/

Drug free world: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/


Discrimination and prejudice:

Tackling racism: http://www.tackling-racism.co.uk/

Homophobia: stonewall: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_home/sexual_orientation_faqs/2697.asp

BBC challenging stereotypes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/pshe_and_citizenship/personal_wellbeing/relationships/challenging_discrimination/



Get safe online: http://www.getsafeonline.org/

e-safety kent: http://www.kent.gov.uk/childrens_social_services/protecting_children/e-safety.aspx

Think u know: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/.

Kent fire and rescue: http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/your_safety.aspx

Think! Road safety: http://think.direct.gov.uk/

Cyber mentors: http://www.cybermentors.org.uk/

Brake road safety: http://www.brake.org.uk/


Mental health:

Don’t call me crazy BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01b86w5

Depression http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/8784_depression_the_enemy_within

Mental wellbeing http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx -

Anxiety http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/8509_when_anxiety_kicks_in

Young minds http://www.youngminds.org.uk/