Tangled Metal wrote:I beg to differ. Reception class had information sheets sent home to parents outlining the approach and they outlined lessons about what constitutes abuse and how to determine it. 4/5 year olds so only the basics. The year 6 classes really go to town on risk I believe. All schools are different but this was an NSPCC led initiative and funded team coming in to assist this social development. It certainly went beyond avoidance and into assessment of risks.
I have to admit that I haven't any experience in the last few years, other than what friends post on social media, but prior to that I was in schools every day, in Essex and East London. While at some of the schools, I just turned up, submitted my risk assessment and went where they told me. Other schools, I was at regularly, and knew quite a few of the children. Most of the schools where I had awareness of their approach, definitely erred on the side of risk avoidance, with the exception of a few socially acceptable activities, such as football. The only one that clearly did a much better job, also did lots of stuff to encourage kids using active travel, and was one of the best schools to teach Bikeability at.
I don't know that the NSPCC was ever in any of the schools I was involved with. But Mini V certainly never had any training like that, although the parents were told that the school had a policy of reporting possible abuse.
Every school is different but the scheme brought into our kids school was a national scheme by a leading children's charity. Some of the way they went about it seemed a bit strange (no pants rule) in their approach but overall I got the impression it was a good scheme that is applied in an age appropriate way. They taught what the child at each age could be expected to learn.
I must admit my opinion of my kid's school goes up and down with different activities. They handled this topic overall very well with the charity but other aspects are a shambles. Overall a very good school with a good executive team (yes, there's a headmaster and a chief executive who's also a teacher).
Resilience is a very big buzzword for them. It feeds into everything from schoolwork to physical exercise ma fit abs healthy child learns better and of they develop their resilience they can cope better with difficult situations, difficult school work, etc. It's kind of about coping with what life throws at you.
Also they're very good school for integrating the years. It's a shame two years of small intakes is going to impact very hard during this year. I. Think. They were in debt but the plan to get into the black was working. When last year's small intake results in less money I think this year then they'll not get their debt down much at all.