Our curriculum has two strands – the academic curriculum and our skills for life curriculum. Within both strands great importance is placed on identifying opportunities for children to learn about safeguarding. We aim to inform pupils on how to keep themselves and others safe from potential risk and what to do if they have any safeguarding concern.
We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues. Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:
- Protective behaviour work at least 3 times a year
- Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons
- Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service)
- Liaison with secondary school for safe transition
- Termly online safety sessions and visits from Northamptonshire’s Online Safety and Wellbeing Officer
- Our Forest School Programme which encourages children to assess their own risks
- Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
- Health & Safety Ambassadors
- Our Jigsaw PSHE scheme
- Our science curriculum promotes healthy lifestyles
- Links with outside agencies e.g. NSPCC
We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language.
Assemblies and reflection time identify personal safeguarding matters and explore potential risks. For example, we talk about anti- bullying including cyber bullying and British values including how these values are promoted in our multi–faith society.