Our Safeguarding Curriculum
Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British values are a core business of our work at Curdworth Primary School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to learn about our diverse world and provides them with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE and SRE curriculum covers all aspects of safeguarding and is taught across the school at an age appropriate level and in small groups or on a 1:1 basis where appropriate.
We encourage children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space to share their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities. This enables our pupils to develop an understanding of moral concepts in a way that: impacts positively on safeguarding; promotes British values and prevents radicalisation and extremism.
A number of practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum, for example:
•Road and rail safety
•Poolside and water safety
•Visits from health professionals
• Supporting charity work, such as the poppy appeal and children in need
•Plays and shows, such as ‘Playing it safe’ – a play linked to safety by the railway
•Pupil voice and surveys, such as the Happiness survey
•An E-safety council in school
•Our ‘WOW Programme’ which develops children’s learner qualities such as teamwork, resilience, perseverance, determination and respect
• Themed weeks, such as ‘This is me week’ and ‘Creative culture week’
At Curdworth Primary School, 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, helps to prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and and our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Class assembly times are a time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values. Phase and whole school assembly times 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 school. Our school reflects the diversity of pupils’ experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience, such as 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 respect for people of all faith, race, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.
Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations and rules for living and learning at Curdworth 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.