ATW PSHE & Rights Respecting School Award

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’ 

Margaret Mead

At Atwood, we believe that PHSE is a fundamental part of our children’s education. PHSE is an important aspect to the development of the individual potential of all our children.  We at Atwood, wish our children to grow up to be responsible, considerate and compassionate people who are ready make a positive contribution to society at large.

At Atwood, we are a UNICEF Rights, Respecting School and as such link much of our learning to this agenda.  We also follow Croydon’s model policy and planning for Relationship and Sex Education.

We also concentrate on the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith throughout the year within class and in assemblies and other learning contexts.

During our annual Anti- Bullying Week, children, parents and staff learn more about what bullying behaviour is and its effects on victims as well as how to get help.

At Atwood, we often use circle time and class discussions and debates to encourage the children to reflect upon themselves and their behaviour towards others.  These times are also good to debate the big topics which affect us all.

We follow the Sex and Relationships Education Scheme of Work for The Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (revised edition) devised by Zoe Barkham, Croydon’s Improvement Officer – Health and Wellbeing. This scheme, which does not use DVDs, is teacher-led and is supported by our regular Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons and activities.


At Atwood, we value the whole child.  Being present and in the moment is one of the ways we can encourage our children to be happier, more contented and more able to concentrate on their learning.

Mindfulness is all about learning to direct one’s attention to one’s experience as it happens, moment by moment, with a natural, open-minded curiosity and acceptance.

At Atwood, we encourage our children not to worry about what has happened or might happen, rather to respond to what is happening right now, whether that be good or bad.

Atwood teaches Mindfulness as part of our PHSE curriculum and at other appropriate times according to need.  During ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) sessions, Mindfulness is used to provide children with some skills and techniques to gain greater confidence in a variety of situations.

Rights Respecting School Award

Published on 21st September, 2022

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