British Values & PSHE

How do we teach British values and PSHE?

Thornton School follows the DOT.com teaching programme.  It is a universal safeguarding tool that is delivered in schools using age-appropriate journals – based on the cartoon character Dot Com and her friends.

These journals offer schools an up to date programme of work that can be taught by teachers as part of the curriculum. The programme is also designed to teach British values, a new demand on schools. Through the journals, children are introduced to characters from different backgrounds and family groups and of differing abilities and skills. The characters enable children – through being one-step removed – to speak out on issues they may face in their day-to-day life.

Lessons are designed to be age appropriate and embed the key themes of:

  •          Personal safety
  •          Respect for yourself and others,
  •          Children’s rights and responsibilities,
  •          Good decision making and the importance of communication.

Throughout the Dot Com programme, children are taught three core messages:

  1.         we all have the right to feel safe all the time
  2.        others have the right to feel safe with me
  3.        we can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small.

The programme covers a wide range of issues, including domestic violence, gang culture, knife and gun crime, terrorism / Prevent, internet safety and bullying. 

Sex and Relationships Education

In addition, in consultation with parents and Governors, we have developed our Self and Relationships Education Policy to prepare our children for adult life and ensure that they know how to keep themselves safe when they move on to their new schools.  You can read our policy below and if you wish to discuss it further then our School Nurse, Miss Pegg or our Pastoral Manager, Mrs Devi, will be pleased to speak to you.  In addition each year we run workshops for parents so that they can come and explore the materials we will be using with the children.  We always welcome feedback from parents and have developed our policy through consultation.  We are grateful to parents for recognising the importance of this work with their children and are proud that  every parent last year consented to their children taking part.