Meadhurst Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in place and all staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of this policy and its procedures.
Sometimes it may be necessary to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless there is a reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:
- Mrs C Willmott, Vice Principal
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, and part of the wider care committee are:
- Mrs H Lacey, Principal
- Mr O Dean , Assistant Principal
- Mrs R Lawless, Assistant Principal and SENCO
- Mrs H Byrne, ELSA
- Mrs S Holley, Home-School Link Worker
- Mrs P Simmons, Pastoral Support Assistant
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible by calling 01784 253311. Alternatively, you can contact the Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (C-Spa) on 0300 470 9100.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to Mrs Hayley Lacey, Principal
You can also contact Surrey Children's Service on 03001231610 for further advice.
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
A culture of safeguarding is embedded at Meadhurst Primary School. We recognise that pupils can be vulnerable for a number of reasons and so there is a need to safeguard our pupils for through education and the curriculum within the school.
Opportunities to Teach Safeguarding
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2020 outlines that:
‘Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. This may include covering relevant issues through personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), tutorials (in FE colleges) and/or, for maintained schools and colleges, through sex and relationship education (SRE).’
PSHE in the National Curriculum
Whilst PSHE education is a non-statutory subject, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document states that:
‘All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.’
Alongside the National Curriculum framework, the DfE also published guidance on PSHE education, which states that the subject is ‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’ and that ‘Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.'
PSHE is a vital part of the curriculum at Meadhurst Primary School. It is taught using the PATHS® (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Programme for Schools (UK Version), as a discrete subject weekly throughout the year. Staff also use daily informal opportunities to reinforce learning. The PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK Version) Curriculum includes four conceptual units. The units are:
- Emotional understanding
- Social problem solving
- Peer relations and self-esteem
These units are integrated within the lessons and are covered at the appropriate developmental level during each year.
PSHE is a vital part of the curriculum at Meadhurst Primary School. It is taught using the Jigsaw Programme, through assemblies, lessons and as a discrete subject weekly throughout the year. Staff use daily informal opportunities to reinforce learning. The Jigsaw programme includes 6 units covering Nursery to Year 6, the children will experience assemblies, lessons and discussions in their class with their teachers.
The units covered are:
· Being Me
· Celebrating Differences
· Dreams and Goals
· Healthy Me
· Changing Me
There are a number of themes that are threaded through the entire Jigsaw programme, which enables children, young people and adults to see how their learning is practical and can be life-long and how safety underpins everything they learn, and how they are valuable unique human beings who deserve to be safe. (Jigsaw PHSE Ltd)
Digital Literacy and Online Safety
E-safety lessons take place regularly over the course of the year. Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. As part of whole-school policy, pupils are taught to seek adult help or complete the NSPCC e-safety incident report form if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet, or if they are concerned about any online or social media behaviour among their peers. A permanent display in the computer suite reinforces the school’s messages about online safety.
Relationships and Sex Education
Although relationships and sex education is not statutory at primary level, the need to safeguard pupils through developing their knowledge and understanding of this topic is taken very seriously at Meadhurst Primary School. Pupils study anatomy and human and animal reproduction in science lessons, most significantly in Year 2 and Year 6. They take part in relationship and sex education using the learning opportunities from the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education in Year 6.
Relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) is statutory at primary level [England, DfE, 2019], the need to safeguard pupils through their knowledge and understanding of this topic is taken very seriously at Meadhurst Primary School. Pupils will study Relationships following the Jigsaw programme in an age appropriate manner from Nursery to Year 6 with the focus being on keeping pupils safe.
The school is non-denominational and has a diverse ethnic and religious population. As such our Religious Education and assemblies include learning about different beliefs and festivals and provide opportunities to address specific safeguarding themes and issues.
Please click here to see:
- Vodafone Digital Parenting
- Parents/Carers E-Safety Mtg
- NSPCC Online Safety
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019