We understand the purpose of statutory Relationships Education and Health Education to be to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to grow up as members of society who are empowered to make decisions about their own lives, understanding and being respectful of beliefs and lifestyles different to their own, whilst recognising what constitutes respectful and positive relationships with others.
At Walmley Infant School and Nursery class, we place positive mental health and well-being at the centre of school life. Our vision is:
‘The strength and capacity of our minds to grow and develop, to be able to overcome difficulties and challenges and to make the most of our abilities and opportunities’.
This vision highlights the importance we place on supporting every child’s emotional wellbeing so that they are happy and ready to learn. We aim to nurture positive mental health and well-being for every pupil, parent/carer and staff member.
With the support of adults, the children have written their own vision for well-being and positive mental health:
‘’I know that with all the help I need I can:
Keep on learning
Keep on trying
Keep on caring
and be the best I can be.’’
We promote a supportive ethos in school, based on the understanding that all children need the foundations of positive mental health to be able to fulfil their potential in every area, academically, personally and socially. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at supporting individual children.
We view the delivery of quality Relationships Education and Health Education as not only a tool to support wellbeing but also a tool to safeguard children.
We will ensure that teaching is inclusive, and differentiated where appropriate, to meet the needs of all students, including those with special educational needs and disabilities and those identified as living with a specific vulnerability or safeguarding concern. If any taught content leads to the disclosure of a child protection issue, staff have had training on how to deal with this, including consulting with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
We ensure our Relationships Education is inclusive and meets the needs of all pupils. This includes lesson content relating to gender equality and LGBT+ equality. We are fully committed to ensuring our values and curriculum support the protected characteristics as detailed in the Equality Act 2010.
We believe our policy is sensitive to the range of religious and cultural views present in our community whilst ensuring pupils have access to the learning necessary to prepare them for adult life.
The key aim in developing this curriculum model is to meet the needs of all pupils to prepare them for adult life in Modern Britain. Our curriculum promotes the teaching of spiritual, moral, social and cultural content.
This is reflected in our UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Silver award and continuing Rights Respecting School journey. We promote and are aware of the UNICEF Convention which lists 54 articles. These cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, social and cultural rights that children everywhere are entitled to.
In creating this policy, we have consulted with staff, the governing body, and parents as well as pupils, however the needs of pupils (as identified within school and following national guidance) takes precedence over any sensitivities of adults, where there is a safeguarding element to any curriculum theme.