At Meath school, PHSE is at the heart of daily life, opportunities to talk and learn about related themes are actively seized throughout each day across the school in every area of school. We take into account the children’s specific speech, language and communication difficulties, as well as their varying stages of emotional development and social maturity.
Our whole school approaches such as Zones of Regulation are integrated into daily lessons and throughout opportune moments within the school day by all staff. Focused areas are taught explicitly as part of the curriculum weekly e.g. Friendship Groups, and unit based focuses e.g. RHSE.
We strive to grow pupil’s confidence and responsibility for making the most of their abilities. Through our carefully designed programme for Personal Social Learning Behaviour supports pupils are supported to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people. At Meath we aim for pupils to play an active role as citizens; our school council, pupil voice, and voting systems are just some of the opportunities to develop these skills.
Throughout their time at Meath, pupils develop growing emotional regulation and are guided to learn preferred strategies to support their wellbeing and growing independence. Pupils are taught to develop awareness and learn about keeping themselves safe physically, mentally online and offline.
Aim for our pupils at Meath:
• To support and develop each pupil’s understanding of self, and to build confidence and self-esteem.
• To support and develop each pupil’s understanding of positive emotional and mental wellbeing.
• To reinforce and extend the limited social skills which many of our pupils’ exhibit.
• To enable the child to form and maintain positive relationships and friendships, and to promote
concern for the feelings of others.
• To educate pupils on health and safety and online safety issues, with the ultimate goal of enabling
them to care for themselves.
•To help children to reflect upon the causes and consequences of their behaviour.
• To develop the sense that every individual within the school, and outside it, is of value and worthy of
consideration or respect.
• To give the pupil’s the knowledge they need to recognise and to report abuse, including emotional,
physical and sexual abuse, and to empower the pupils to understand that they have rights over their own bodies and how to remain safe (both online and offline).
•To raise pupil awareness of the importance of contributing to the well-being of the school community, and of the wider communities of which we are all members.