Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting
the welfare of children and young people. We expect all
staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or
welfare of any of our pupils, please contact Mrs Elder
(Designated Safeguarding Lead), or Mrs Scott
(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).
St Joseph’s participates in Operation Encompass.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse,
school will be advised that the child has been involved.
Please see school website for further details
The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be
found here. SAFEGUARDING AND CP POLICY
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an essential part of the St Joseph’s Curriculum, and underpins everything that we do. We want children that come to St Joseph’s to develop into responsible, knowledgeable, motivated and caring citizens for the future – and this is where PSHE comes in.
All classes have discrete PSHE and ‘Circle Time’ sessions, but the teaching of PSHE is done flexibly, depending on need, across a wide range of subjects.
All classes are also delivering the RHE (Relationships and Health Education) programme in school. The Department for Education has introduced a new curriculum for Relationship Education, Relationships and Health Education, commonly shortened to RHE. It will be compulsory for all schools to teach this curriculum from September 2020. The RHE curriculum at St. Joseph's will be taught sensitively and respectfully, in line with our Catholic teachings.
At St Joseph’s, we follow the National Curriculum for PSHE as a minimum, but do much more beyond this. We use the PSHE Association resources. We also use the Caritas resource to develop children's understanding of social justice.
We have encouraged visits from members of our community such as police and the fire service. We have also supported work carried out by the ‘Prince’s Trust’ in re-generating the local area, and have recently set up a 'Forest Schools' programme to make improvements to our local environment. Children in school have been visited by the Community Dental Health team, who have delivered workshops on looking after our teeth and healthy eating.
We also participate in ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ and 'Children's Mental Health Week', launched by Place2Be, each year to ensure that our school is a happy place for all children!
We also encourage our children to talk PANTS! This helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.
We also deliver the SOPHIE programme in school which advocates tolerance and respect, learning lessons from the tragic loss of Sophie Lancaster to our Upper Keystage two children. We also sensitively deliver puberty talks to years five and six.
Our RHE curriculum is delivered via the TenTen curriculum 'Living Life to the Full'.
"I have come that you may have life, life to the full" (John 10:10). Through Jesus' words we aim to deliver a curriculum that will enable children to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus which will enable them to understands God's plan and help them to live life to the full.
The RHE and PSHE skills coverage is included below.
The main way to help your child develop their skills in PSHE is through regular discussion and reflection. You may present them with social situations or items from the news and discuss the 'rights and wrongs' of various situations. You can encourage them to be financially responsible through involving them in making decisions. You can encourage them to become responsible citizens by looking after the world around them.
Please speak to your child's class teacher if you would like more information.