At Appletree, PSHE is at the core of everything we do. It is not something that you can just see or hear, it is a presence, a feeling that you get when you meet our children and staff.
We recognise when children’s physical, emotional and mental health is good they are more likely to be able to: enjoy life, deal with stress and difficult times so that they can achieve the best that they can, learn and thrive at school and navigate their way around the world they grow up in and succeed at everything they do.
Relationships are at the heart of Appletree and are embedded securely and consistently across the school where we have healthy, caring and respectful relationships which are complemented by kindness, honesty, integrity and generosity. This supports the importance of wellbeing where we can all be happy and successful and where children grow and move on to make a meaningful contribution to society.
Mental health is a growing concern and is at the forefront of Government concern for both children and adults. Nationally 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Research shows that most issues begin in childhood. Community is at the heart of Appletree. Sadly, we are aware that North Tyneside is in the lowest 10 authorities for deprivation, it has lower professional occupations and it has the highest male suicide rates in England and Wales. 1 in 8 children and young people are experiencing mental health difficulties. Issues include depression, anxiety, conduct disorder and are mostly a direct response to what is happening in their lives; These figures have increased since lockdown. We are committed as a school to help improve our community based mental health.
Another rising concern is that our children are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. The internet has become a great tool for learning, sharing and connecting with friends and family; especially during the Covid pandemic. But it's not without risks for our children including inappropriate content, cyberbullying, internet addiction and online gaming all of which can affect our physical and mental health.
Amazing Appletree is a great place to grow where both children and staff are encouraged to talk about our mental health and well-being. We want to provide children with a toolbox of strategies to cope with different feelings and situations to help them achieve the best possible outcomes and to cope better throughout life’s challenges. We work closely with parents raising awareness of concerns such as internet safety and mental health and support them to help keep their children safe, happy and to succeed in life.
Our school follows a comprehensive scheme called ‘Jigsaw’ where teachers follow well structured lesson plans and have resources to hand. As a whole school approach this scheme is a spiral, progressive and an effective scheme of work. Every class has allocated time on their timetable to teach Jigsaw, making it securely and consistently embedded within our school; preparing children for life, where they become more aware and value who they are and how they relate to other people in this ever changing world.
In addition to meeting statutory requirements through Jigsaw, we strive to meet the PSHE needs for Appletree's children. We monitor and talk to the children and identify issues that arise which may create a barrier to learning that are unique to them. Issues have included low self-esteem, lack of resilience and not talking about and sharing our worries. To ensure these issues are addressed securely and consistently across the school, children take part in whole school initiatives including value of the week, assemblies, teacher’s daily discussions and whole school PSHE afternoons where children of all ages come together in different classes to share experiences and ideas and take part in different activities.
Out of school opportunities such as educational visits, festivals, sports events and competitions and attending the Queens Commonwealth in London are provided to children who may otherwise not have these experiences.
We also celebrate national initiatives such as: road safety where we have competitions judged by the local community ‘lolly pop lady’; anti-bullying week where children come into school wearing odd socks and talk about what makes a good friend as well as what to do if you experience bullying; Mental Health Week where we encourage children to share experiences and talk about mental health; Internet Safety Week to help our children to be knowledgeable, responsible and safe in an ever changing digital world.
This offers our children a broader and ambitious PSHE curriculum that is embedded securely and consistently across the school. We are proud that it is tailored to all of our children’s needs and provided opportunities way beyond the statutory PSHE curriculum; improving our children’s life chances.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health
At Appletree First School, we are consulting parents about the RSE and Health education curriculum and policy which have been updated to be in line with the government's statutory guidelines. The government has made changes to what primary schools must teach for RSE and Helath. Therefore we have ensured we are meeting these requirements.
We are teaching RSE and Health through the Jigsaw Scheme of work and have made sure that we are fully prepared for these changes.
At Appletree we define Sex Education as understanding human reproduction. This part of the statutory curriculum is fully covered from year 5 at Monkseaton Middle School; Therefore we do not intend to cover sex education within our first school curriculum. Therefor the following lessons have been removed from our Jigsaw curriculum:
Year 3 - Changing Me - Babies (piece 2), Outside body changes (piece 3),Inside body changes (piece 4)
Year 4 - Changing Me -Having a baby (piece 2), Girls and puberty (piece 3)
We are sharing our policy and our curriculum so that you are aware of the changes that have been made and how RSE and Health is taught at Appletree Gardens. We would encourage any feedback relating to this policy and our curriculum we are teaching.
To help you with this we have made a range of useful information available below.
We would like to invite parents to read the policy and other documentation during the RSE and Health consultation period which closes 12th November 2021. If you would like to give us feedback about the policy and curriculum please email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thought or suggestions.
We have the same high expectations of the quality of children's work in PSHE as we do in other curriculum areas. Our strong PSHE curriculum builds on the knowledge children have acquired in previous year groups. Children receive feedback on their progress.
Although there is no formal assessment for PSHE, progress and outcomes are assessed and captured by marking, conversations, questionnaires, pupil voice, behavior, self-evaluation and monitoring. This is used to identify pupils who may need support or intervention and whole school improvements.
Staff at Appletree can be seen to have high expectations for behavior for learning and apply them consistently and fairly. This is reflected by our children who have a positive attitude, are resilient and take pride in what they achieve. The relationships between staff, children and parents creates an environment where children feel safe and happy to learn.
Children in year 4 leave with the knowledge and skills that empower them and they have a positive outlook of themselves. They are ready for the next stage of their journey, to continue with their interests, aspirations and to achieve the best that they can.
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2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
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2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
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2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
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administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
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3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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