As part of the primary PSHE curriculum all children are required to be taught how to keep themselves safe from abuse. I realise that this is an emotive area of the primary curriculum which is why I have arranged for skilled staff from the NSPCC to come in to school to deliver their primary school programme ' Speak out. Stay safe.' to our Year 5 children. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged children in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, the NSPCC staff will sensitively give children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, without using scary words or adult language.
This part of the curriculum, which the government requires every child to receive teaching on, has not previously received the necessary coverage at Northern as staff in the school have not felt qualified to deliver this area of learning. However I am sure that you will agree with me that we have to ensure that every child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to stay safe. I am sure you would like to find out more about this programme so I have added the link to the section of the NSPCC website on 'Speak Out. Stay safe.' This section also includes frequently asked questions. Please also feel free to come and speak to me and I will try to provide you with more information. The website also provides access to lots of information and advice that you may wish to use at home.
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It is important that we equip our children with the skills to Speak out. Stay safe. Hopefully the workshop on Friday 20th January will help our children to do this.