The children’s wellbeing and their personal and social development underpin everything we do at Lady Barn.
We know that learning can only be successful when children feel safe, happy and secure; we also know that academic success cannot be our singular aspiration. We work with the children to ensure every individual feels valued, respected, safe and happy in school. We model, encourage and have expectations of the school’s core values for all our community, and in doing this we promote the fundamental British values of individual liberty, mutual respect and understanding, democracy and the rule of law.
Children are involved in decisions that affect them across the school; representation through pupil councils ensures their voices are heard. The School Council deals with everything from children’s thoughts on the curriculum, to social issues, playtimes and how to welcome new pupils. They come together every half term to represent and discuss their classmates’ ideas, and are given meaningful responsibilities such as purchasing playground equipment and writing the school’s Anti-Bullying Charter.
Our PSHEE provision includes dedicated weekly lessons, led by Form Teachers using the Jigsaw scheme of work, but goes beyond that to whole school campaigns and themed assemblies. We always consider the current needs of our children and during the period of remote learning we put together a tailored scheme of work for the children, prioritising mental health and mindfulness.
This academic year the new statutory guidance on RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) will come into force. At Lady Barn our vision is to work together with parents to offer our pupils, through their PSHE lessons, a progressive yet balanced and age-appropriate curriculum that reflects best practice and meets their needs, empowering them to be knowledgeable, respectful and safe.