Safeguarding in our Curriculum

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do here at Plymouth Grove. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding.

Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills that significantly impact personal development, behaviour, and welfare, and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.

Our PSHE curriculum and learning around being a Rights Respecting citizen covers all areas of safeguarding. 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.

Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations, and to teach the children the dutybearers in school that they can talk to, particularly Rachel, our safeguarding lead and Hannah, our well-being lead. 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.

We give pupils’ 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.

Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:

  • Rights Respecting Learning through different lessons and assemblies as well as discreet teaching
  • Road and rail safety (including out of school visits, bike-ability, work with police officers in the community)
  • Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons
  • Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service)
  • Visits to school from medical staff
  • Visitors from charities such as Barnados, NSPCC and donations to local food banks
  • Work from local voluntary sector services particularly around safe transition to Secondary school
  • Plays and shows
  • Online safety quizzes and training
  • Our visits and experiences incorporate “Stranger Danger”, being safe in the outdoors, what to do if?
  • Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings

Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour and to respect their own and other's rights. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours. Assembly time and circle 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 confident to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around the 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, single parents and adoptive families.

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, disabilities, and sexual orientations, through their words, actions and in their influence. 

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