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Safeguarding Across the Curriculum

Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British Values are of primary importance at Uphill Primary School. The school is fully aware of the need to support children across a range of safeguarding matters, as well as support issues specifically related to the local context. Importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare. It equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PHSE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands (within the Jigsaw scheme of work) to a different degree, however some go into more detail. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or within a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.

 

We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.

 

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. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours. Opportunities are taken by class teachers to share ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values, more often through PHSE lessons. Assembly time and Council Crew are used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around school. Our school reflects the diversity of pupils’ experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience including the role of women in society and different family groups including same sex couples.

 

Throughout the curriculum there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people off all faiths (and those with no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations, through their words, actions and in their influence. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding, for example, themes are highlighted through story choices within the school’s reading spine.

 

Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values and expectations for learning at Uphill Primary School. This good start to the year, with everyone clear about their roles and responsibilities, sets the tone for the rest of the year and leads to excellent safeguarding outcomes.

 

Curriculum safeguarding opportunities:

Relationships and Sex Education

  • Jigsaw Programme of education
  • “Changing Me” unit in Jigsaw
  • Science Curriculum (biology)
  • Learning Mentors support to children and parents
  • NSPCC assemblies “pants” campaign

Online Safety

  • Computing curriculum regular visits and revisits  online safety
  • Online safety assemblies and focus days
  • Support for parents via Twitter and workshops
  • Monitoring software for internet usage
  • High-level internet filtering

Children Missing in Education

  • High profile on attendance in school with robust monitoring procedures in place
  • Regular assembly messages on importance of education to support life
  • Culture in school promotes enthusiasm to attend through curriculum enjoyment and success

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Assemblies
  • Council Crew
  • Learning Mentors
  • Nurture groups
  • Forest School
  • Visitors – Revealed Projects, Kooth
  • Parent support workshops
  • End of day stories

Anti- Bullying

  • Clear message to children, what to do if you are worried and who can help
  • Assemblies and focus days
  • Council Crew
  • Policy enacted by staff and consequences and support shared with children and parents

 

The school has two trained learning mentors who work to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and provide advice and guidance to parents.

  • Nurture groups
  • 1:1 support
  • Behaviour groups

Physical Health

  • PE Curriculum (REAL PE)
  • Science Curriculum (biology)
  • Run the World
  • Extracurricular Clubs
  • Lunch Play Leader
  • High profile of sport across school- visitors

Drugs and alcohol

  • Science curriculum (biology)
  • PE curriculum
  • Jigsaw resources
  • Specific visitors where appropriate e.g paramedics, nurses, doctors, health bus

 

 

Outside school safety

  • Swimming for Year 3 & 4 children
  • Catch up lessons for children who cannot swim 25M in Year 5
  • Bike ability for Years 4 and 6
  • Forest School
  • Mini Police – Year 5
  • Visit to Life Skills centre for Year 6
  • Assemblies on e-safety, road safety, stranger danger
  • Risk assessments for all off-site activities

Radicalism & Extremism:

  • Assemblies support tolerance for others through stories from other cultures and religions
  • Council crews celebrate differences
  • Behaviour Policy enacted by all staff, with children

 

In school safety

  • Visitor awareness – lanyards
  • Clear messages supporting use of equipment and movement around school
  • Notice boards and knowledge of new and existing staff
  • Systems in place to support safe play
  • H&S Policy
  • Regular H&S Inspections

Homophobic & Transphobic abuse

  • The concept of difference is covered within PSHE curriculum
  • Inclusive culture with use of texts, stories and images to support and promote the protected characteristics in society

 

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