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What is PSHE?

Friendship benchPSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Emotional development.  This area focuses on developing the children’s understanding of themselves and their responsibility to others. Children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be confident, independent, respectful and active citizens. At St. Joseph’s they are given opportunities to work and learn with others, to solve problems and discuss difficulties. It is promoted in all aspects of school life including the school’s positive approach to behaviour.





SCARF: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship


Every year our school welcomes a visit from the Life Education mobile classroom which ensures that the SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking and fun activities. As children get older, while they still cherish Harold, themes about wellbeing and relationships are explored in greater depth and resources are tailored to their age group. SCARF provides the framework for a whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on five values:  safety (S), caring (C), achievement (A), resilience (R) and friendship (F). The SCARF teacher resources provide over 250 regularly updated lesson plans, activities, assemblies, teaching and learning films and lesson planning and assessment tools. These are flexible – and mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, as well as being fully aligned with the National Curriculum (England) and Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland).  To find out more about SCARF click here.


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School-Games-Gold-Mark-2017-18-1024x1024As well as promoting physical activity opportunities for children during the daily curriculum, St Joseph’s is also proud to have retained its School Games Gold Award for the second year as a result of increased participation in competitive school sports in both intra and inter-sporting events. The  School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

St Joseph’s also takes part in The Daily Mile which is a national scheme to get children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom. To find out more about The Daily Mile click here.

We believe our children grow in confidence and have a lot of fun at the same time as learning new skills.