Personal Development (P.D.) is at the heart of our school learning journey. It encourages promotes, adopts and embeds a range of skills that allow children to be life-long learners.
We support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PD education develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PD prepares them to manage many of the challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such a diverse world. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. PD education contributes to assists children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives
Skills Children Learn:
Always in an age appropriate way, we help the children manage their lives, now and in the future, and help them to learn everyday, essential, life skills, including:
• The development of self-understanding, empathy and healthy, productive relationships
• Relationships Education
• Eating healthily
• Keeping safe on the road
• How to stay safe on the internet
• The promotion of good mental health
In keeping with our School ethos, the children are encouraged, and frequently reminded, to speak to a trusted adult when they have any concerns or worries.
It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people.
The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as:
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- marriage or civil partnership
At Denaby Main, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
Relationships, sex and health education at Denaby Main
RSHE is taught throughout the school at an appropriate level, in a caring and sympathetic manner, by teachers who will deal with issues as and when they arrive.
Children in Year 6 are taught about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty and about the cycle of human production. This is dealt with in a sensitive way, in the context of a loving relationship. School staff are supported in their teaching by the school nurse.
Before the more sensitive aspects of sex education are covered, parents are informed in writing. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the sex education provided, except that which is required as part of the National Curriculum.
Please view our PSHE and RSHE plans by clicking on the key stage overviews
Please contact the school if you would like any further information.
Throughout the school year, we are fortunate to have various visitors to help bring our PD curriculum to life, including visits from or visits to:
- The Police
- The Fire Service
- A dental health advisor
- Road safety experts
Teaching positive behaviour
Please click here to see our behaviour curriculum document
Denaby Main Academy promotes an environment free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behaviour.
Our aims include:
• Ensuring all members of the school community has an understanding of what constitutes bullying.
• Creating an atmosphere and environment where children, parents and staff feel able to tell the school about bullying if it arises and are confident it will be taken seriously and dealt with.
• To put in place clear procedures for dealing with incidents of bullying
Please click here to see our anti bullying statement and policy
PE, Physical Activity and Sport
Our school uses the Real PE scheme of work as a vehicle to develop the ‘whole child’. Throughout a child’s school career they will develop their agility, balance, and coordination skills. In conjunction to learning fundamental skills, children learn multi-cog skills, which focus on teaching the positive values that can come from PE, PA and sport.
Our extra-curricular provision includes lunchtime and after school sports clubs.