A key feature of our provision at Southlands is a close focus on pastoral care.
We want children to feel happy and safe when they come to school so that they can really enjoy their learning. We are committed to supporting emotional and social as well as academic growth, and do this through a combination of approaches.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a learning program designed to help children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of the school's overall approach, the PSHE course develops the qualities and attributes that students need to thrive as individuals, family members, and members of society.
PSHE is integrated into all aspects of school life. We explore the questions of positive relationships, self-image, and communication skills with others in our day-to-day interactions. In addition, we have dedicated PSHE lessons delivered by Form tutors in Secondary, and by class teachers in Primary..
We are responsive to individual and group needs, and draw on specialists and outside speakers as well as our in-house team of school nurses, counsellor, SENCO, and Wellbeing Leader to ensure that we can provide targeted, age appropriate support where it is required.
Every member of staff completes core training on their role and responsibility in keeping young people safe and preventing harm. Regular updates and training are provided throughout the year to ensure that we stay up to date with the best international practice in this area of school life. Our recruitment process adheres to safer recruitment practice, and all staff are expected to undergo high level background checks in addition to providing verified references and identity checks.