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Safeguarding Curriculum

St Monica Primary - Safeguarding Curriculum 2021-2022

Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of British Values are fundamental elements of our work at St Monica Primary School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands to a different degree, however some go into more detail. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.

We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.

We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Through our work as a ‘Positive Behaviour School’ and our behaviour policy we promote making good choices of being ‘Safe, Respectful and Responsible’ and exhibiting good learning behaviours. Class times are time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values. Collective Worship, Assembly time and circle times are used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. For example, we talk about anti-bullying including cyberbullying and British values, including how these values are promoted in a multi – faith society. Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around school. Our school reflects the diversity of our pupils’ experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience. Throughout the curriculum, there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths (and those with no faith), races, genders, ages and disability, through their words, actions and in their influence. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding, for example, themes are highlighted through novels in English lessons.

Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations and rules for living and learning at St Monica Primary School. This ensures that everyone is clear about their roles and responsibilities, sets the tone for the rest of the year and leads to excellent safeguarding outcomes.

Whole school - ongoing

Whole school - incidental events/reminders

Some of the policies we
adhere to

  • Weekly collective worship/assembly themes,  which always include an element of teaching the children to keep safe – e.g. keeping myself safe in school, sun safety, stranger danger
  • Class charters
  • School positive behaviour expectations - ‘Safe, Responsible, Respectful’
  • Behaviour transition matrix in place for ‘hotspot’ areas
  • Teaching of Behaviour - PBS lessons
  • SMPS Learning Powers
  • Weekly focus news
  • No cycling or scooting in school grounds
  • Safe areas in school and prohibited areas
  • Helpful/safe adults
  • Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
  • Healthy School links including technology (food, materials, science and computers) to enhance the curriculum
  • School trips and visits - Stranger Danger, expectations in the community
  • Pupil Leadership Team
  • Wild Citizens – Project Team
  • Environment team
  • School Council activities
  • Local community representatives to support the curriculum such as Community Police, Fire Safety
  • Classroom behaviour management including class rules and playground rules;
  • Positive mental health and well-being is promoted at every opportunity. External support is brought into school when required. E.g. counsellors, MHST, ELSA, CAMHS,
  • Reflective diaries
  • SCARF RSE access
  • Firework + bonfire night safety
  • Trick or treat- keeping safe at Halloween
  • Keeping safe in the holidays- keeping safe in the sun/ riding bike/ keeping safe at the beach/ safe places to play
  • Keeping safe at lunchtime reminders
  • Railway Safety – reminders sent by British Rail
  • NSPCC assemblies
  • ‘Praising’ hands puppet shows – themes include – cyberbullying, staying safe online, smoking
  • No cycling or scooting in school grounds
  • Road and rail safety Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons
  • Fire awareness (including visits from the local fire service)
  • Visits to school from medical staff
  • Visitors from charities such as Barnardos, NSPCC,
  • Online safety quizzes and training
  • Trip safety talks
  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • Internet Safety Day
  • Climate Change
  • Random Act of Kindness events
  • Bikeability
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Rock your Socks Day for Down Syndrome Awareness Day 
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day


  • SMPS Safeguarding policy
  • KCSIE 2021
  • SMPS Child protection policy
  • SMPS Positive Behaviour policy
  • SMPS mobile phone procedure
  • SMPS Educational visits policy
  • SMPS equality policy
  • SMPS Fire Management policy
  • SMPS first aid policy
  • SMPS health and safety policy
  • SMPS staff acceptable use of ICT policy
  • SMPS Staff Code of Conduct
  • SMPS Medical needs policy
  • SMPS physical intervention policy
  • SMPS safer recruitment policy
  • SMPS social media policy
  • SMPS RSE policy
  • SMPS SMSC policy
  • SMPS supporting pupils with medical conditions


St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870