Learning for Life

‘Learning for Life’

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

including Economic Wellbeing


SMSC, Fundamental British Values, Personal development, behaviour and welfare

The School’s Learning for Life programme makes an essential contribution to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of the children in the School, and also to their personal development, behaviour and welfare.

The programme and the wider culture and teaching at School enable the children to develop to take their rightful place in the community as local, national and global citizens. SMSC is about the values students are encouraged to hold, their attitude towards learning, knowledge and society.  SMSC is fundamental in preparing students for society; they are helped to develop positive attitudes and beliefs.

At Witham:

  1. There is an active promotion of fundamental British values (democracy/rule of law/individual liberty/mutual respect/tolerance)
  2. The active promotion of these principles ensures that pupils are able to:

Develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-knowledge

  • Distinguish right from wrong
  • Feel encouraged to accept responsibility for their behaviour, to show initiative and contribute to the lives of others
  • Acquire some knowledge and a respect for public institution
  • Gain an insight into their own and different cultures leading to appreciation and respect
  • Show a respect for the democratic process and participation thereof and the way laws are made and upheld in England

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

In Learning for Life lessons and in the wider School community we

  • Take pride in achievement and commitment to learning, which is supported by a positive culture
  • Actively promote activities enhancing self-confidence and self-awareness and teach children to understand how to be a successful learner
  • follow guidelines for behaviour and conduct based on the Witham Way and assist children to develop a better understanding and management of their own feelings and behaviour, and how they relate to others
  • ensure children understand how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks including when using the internet and social media
  • ensure children understand how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating
  • Devote time for personal development, so that the children are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain. 

One of the fundamental functions of any school today should be to help children think for themselves, to help them become independent by making well informed choices and decisions which promote their well-being and the good of others.  It is widely appreciated that successful education embodies such aspects alongside academia.  PSHCE has its roots in the overall aims of the school, interpersonal relationships within the whole school community, within the discipline and pastoral care systems and in the wide range of activities and experiences in which the children are encouraged to participate.  As such, PSHCE is occurring spontaneously all over the school, with desirable values and attitudes being constantly reinforced.  In addition to this, a ‘visible’ PSHCE programme in the curriculum will aim to teach those facts, concepts and skills; and foster those values and attitudes that will be influential in enabling pupils to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, able to form effective relationships and become informed, active and responsible individuals in the community in which they live.

To the children and parents at Witham Hall PSHCE is known as ‘Learning for Life’.