Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
The school’s PSHE & C programme aims to help all our pupils acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Balgowan’s strong ethos actively promotes, supports and secures high standards of personal behaviour and our pupils are helped to learn about their own and other people’s feelings and develop an awareness of the views, needs and rights of their peers and older people.
The school celebrates in particular the achievements of pupils who demonstrate kindness and friendship and places due emphasis on the importance of developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people, both of which are an essential part of life and learning. Our policies for Behaviour and Discipline and Racial Equality reflect the importance we place upon these aspects of our curricular provision and in our day to day dealings with both pupils and adults, equal opportunities and inclusive practice are always at the forefront of everything that we try to do. Regular class ‘Circle Time’ opportunities provide an opportunity for all our pupils to reflect upon their experiences leading to an understanding about how they are developing personally and socially. The PSHE & C curriculum across the Foundation Stage, key Stage 1 and 2 tackles many of the key spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are central to the process of growing up between the ages of 4 and 11 years as well as preparation for Key Stage 3 and the world of work.
The school actively supports a range of charities and fundraising activities organised by the pupils and these take place on a regular basis each term. Our School Council for pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2, the ‘Buddy System’ for Key Stage 1 playtimes and the school responsibilities undertaken by pupils in their final year, all contribute fully to the life of the school and its place in the community. Recent links to the religious community, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Beckenham Blind Club, senior citizens at Norton Court, the Inclusion project undertaken with a Special School, the Bromley Refugee group, the visiting musicians from South Africa, Uganda and the Alhambra Tiling Project all enhance the quality of our pupils’ lives.