Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British values are core business in our work and relationships at Hawkswood Therapeutic School. We place high significance and importance in ensuring that opportunities are identified in the taught curriculum for pupils to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to:
- experience life in all its diversity and complexity
- acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development
- develop behaviour and wellbeing to equip every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding
Our PSHE curriculum covers areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands. We recognise and show sensitivity in that some more sensitive subjects need to taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level when a more urgent need arises.
We aim 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. Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum:
- Personal, Road and rail safety (including out of school visits, work with police officers in the community)
- Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service)
- Visits to school from school nurse
- Work from local business and college sector services particularly around safe transition to post 16
- Online safety quizzes and training
- 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 tutor system and School council Representative 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 pupils learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours. Lesson times are time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values. Staff and pupils 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. All staff have training in LGBTQ issues and our curriculum has been enriched and extended by the support of ELOP.
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 novels and poetry in English lessons.
Please see our Safeguarding Curriculum Overview below.
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