25.11.20 Jo Kervick, Staff Governor

During monitoring week, I met with Kiran Dhanjal, PSHE lead.  Kiran has worked really hard to lead her subject and a wellbeing team. Part of this year’s school development plan is focussing on the wellbeing of the Mellers community. Kiran and the team have a focus to make sure that PSHE is being taught consistently and frequently.  She has devised a checklist for staff which covers the five steps to wellbeing: be active, take notice, connect, give and keep learning. Every week, teachers ensure that these things are happening in class to support the children’s health and wellbeing.

Kiran has recently written a policy for PSHE to reflect statutory changes.  There are schemes of work in place for PSHE, drug education and financial education.  Each scheme has detailed progressive plans that are age and stage appropriate.  Lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches. This includes: questioning, use of resources, and mixed ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has arisen in their own class. Kiran is going to be working with staff to make sure that the delivery of circle time is effective.

Outdoor learning is happening weekly for all children, this is planned and delivered by Shailey Sokoli. The children love these sessions, they learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

The wellbeing committee meets regularly to discuss ways to support the Mellers community.

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