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Safeguarding in the Curriculum at South Hill School

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do here at South Hill School. 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. It also equips our pupils with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.


Our PSHE curriculum covers aspects of safeguarding which are appropriate to the child’s age.  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 their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas, and concerns.


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.


Safeguarding through the curriculum is more heavily planned within the following subjects:

  • PSHE (No Outsiders, Picture News, The Christopher Winter Project (RSE and Drugs)

  • Religious Education

  • Science

  • Computing/Online Safety lessons through Project Evolve

  • EYFS - Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Zones of Regulation


Further safeguarding opportunities are continually planned into the curriculum. For example:


  • Road safety

  • Nurture Class

  • Nurture Club

  • Bikeability in Year 5

  • Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons in year 4 and 6

  • Fire awareness in Year 2 (including visits from the local fire service)

  • Assemblies and workshops provided by NSPCC

  • Y6 Transitions

  • Plays and shows (building confidence)

  • Be Smart online safety poster

  • Online safety (targeted work as required)

  • NSPCC PANTS work (targeted work as required)

  • Protective Behaviours (targeted work as required)

  • Anti-bullying week

  • Wellbeing week

  • Wellbeing festival

  • Just Talk Week/Worry box assembly

  • Religious festival assemblies

  • Online Safety Day

  • Black History week

  • International Day


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. Class times are a time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns, and promoting important values.


Assembly time is used to promote 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. Our school teaches the diversity of experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience through the use of the ‘no outsiders’ project.


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.


Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year and through regular assemblies to reaffirm school values, expectations, and the ‘South Hill Way’.

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