Teachers gathered virtually this week for some Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) teacher training with Johnny Hunt, a well respected friend of the King’s Foundation. Johnny regularly delivers engaging sessions to pupils from Year 2 to Year 13. Following the recent changes to the PSHE curriculum, it was the turn of staff to be the learners in the classroom for some valuable CPD.
Integrating RSE into the school curriculum has been a recent focus in PSHE across all schools. Guiding children and young people to develop strong and heathy relationships is a key aspect of the King’s whole school rounded approach; how we treat each other is equally as important as our individual conduct.
Johnny provided teaching staff with many practical ways to manage sensible discussions in the classroom, along with managing insecurities and providing children with ways to deal with difference. Even at a young age, no topic is off limits and by using well chosen, age appropriate resources, along with sensible conversation starters, teachers can engage pupils in purposeful and respectful sessions about relationships.
At King’s we believe in the value of modelling good behaviours, promoting core values and empowering children to manage situations and take control. At King’s St Alban’s we ask the pupils to be emotionally aware and become emotion detectives; teaching compassion and empathy is a key aspect of building relationships. Adults are always on hand to listen to the issues concerning our pupils, without always being required to offer advice and solutions!
Reflective talking is a powerful tool and sharing good practice amongst staff ensured a valuable training session for all three schools.