Safeguarding is at the core of our work at St Swithun’s Primary School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in our curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. We aim to provide pupils with opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with skills required for personal safeguarding.
Our PSHE, RSE and E-safety curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands to a different degree, however some go into more detail.
Our whole school themes throughout the year are:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
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.
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 and promote British values (social, moral, spiritual and cultural).
There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues. Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum – for example:
- Road safety (including bikeability)
- Poolside, river and water safety
- Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service)
- I.M.P.S. Injury prevention education programme
- Visitors from charities such as the NSPCC and Dogs Trust
- Working with our school partners to support transition to secondary school
- Online and social media safety lessons
- Our ‘Visit to the Woods’ programme which incorporates “Stranger Danger”, being safe in the outdoors, what to do if?
- What to do if you are separated from your group (in relation to school visits)
- Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others, they make use of our ‘Concern Box’ in classes to share concerns with staff. 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.
Class times are time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values.
Assembly time and discussion and reflection times are used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. For example, we talk about anti- bullying including cyber bullying and British values including how these values are promoted in our multi – faith society.
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 different family groups. Throughout the curriculum there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths (and those with no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding.
Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations and rules for learning at St Swithun’s. 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 positive safeguarding outcomes.
We foster good working relationships with parents/carers which helps us identify early support/intervention when appropriate. To support this our Nursery and Reception families are offered home visits which initiates trusting and professional relationships with children and their parents/carers. We are particularly proud of our pastoral care, our Home School Link Worker provides support for parents/carers, families and pupils on a wide range of issues and our ELSA programme (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) supports the emotional needs of our pupils. We also offer a Family Links programme which is dedicated to emotional health at home and at school, supporting families to get the best from family life. Each year parents/carers are invited to an online safety workshop.