Key safeguarding personnel in school
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Miss Steph Davies– SENCO
Designated Safeguarding Deputies:
Miss Debbie Stoner - Well-being Co-ordinator
Mr Matt Jones - Deputy Headteacher
Named Safeguarding Governor:
Mrs Helen Earnshaw
Our school is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. We welcome suggestions and comments that will contribute to this process.
Horizon Primary Academy recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.
We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence are likely to have low self-esteem and may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. Our school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in their lives.
All staff and volunteers are trained in Safeguarding as part of their induction to the school and are clear in their responsibilities and school procedures. We keep staff updated in their training regularly.
Safeguarding in the curriculum
We recognise that schools play an essential role in helping children to understand and identify the parameters of what is appropriate child and adult behaviour; what is ‘safe’; to recognise when they and others close to them are not safe; and how to seek advice and support when they are concerned.
Horizon Primary Academy will use the curriculum to provide opportunities for increasing self awareness, self esteem, social and emotional understanding, assertiveness and decision making so that students have a range of contacts and strategies to ensure their own protection and understand the importance of protecting others.
Systems have been established to support the empowerment of children to talk to a range of staff. Children at Horizon Primary Academy will be listened to and heard and their concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon as appropriate.
Specific systems outside of expected day to day classroom interaction and support include : full-time well-being co-ordinator (non teaching role), safe space, Y6 trained listeners, staff trained in juvenile mental health, school council, regular student questionnaires, school counselling, Think U know, rolling program of PSHE themed workshop days including anti-bullying, ‘give racism the red card’ etc
It is recognised that the use of new technologies presents particular challenges and risks to children both inside and outside of school. Horizon Primary Academy will ensure a comprehensive curriculum response to enable all pupils/students to learn about and manage the associated risks effectively and will support parents and the school community (including all members of staff) to become aware and alert to the needs of keeping children safe online.
Prevent in the curriculum
At Horizon Primary Academy we are committed to promoting welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism. Our scouting programme and wider curriculum promotes British Values, encourages children to be active members of society and their local community. We also promote skills through English and Maths that will enable children to function as an economically active member of society. We make use of any links with parents, and community to increase awareness of career opportunities. We use Scouting, Music and RE to teach an appreciation of different cultures and important celebrations. We build critical thinking through Philosophy for Children and have designated safe spaces and democratic circle times where children can express their feelings and ask questions. Our ICT curriculum promotes digital critical thinking and the internet – exploring propaganda and different viewpoints online. We also make sure that we discuss any national or international events that are in the news i.e. Paris Attacks, in the safety of the classroom. We only give children information that they need to know, using age appropriate news stories such as Newsround or bitesize. This gives children the opportunity to discuss any anxieties that they may have and address any misconceived conceptions.
Further details can be found in our policies section.