Paget School in Birmingham is one of the Dot Coms Foundation’s flagship schools. It’s vision statement is ‘To Be The Best That It Can Be’ and aims to build a community based upon shared values and respect, which recognises the skills and achievements of all.
To help achieve this, the whole school has engaged with the Dot Com programme for the past three Academic years, teaching the programme across all key stages from reception to year 6 within the Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) curriculum. Through the teaching of the programme, children have continued to develop their use of strategies to manage their emotions and behaviour, using the stories in the journals as well as recognising things such as the ‘uh-oh’ signs to help them to deal with issues and incidents as they arise.
The Dot Com National Co-ordinator Rachel Turley has enabled the school to support a wide range of children with complex emotional needs throughout the recent academic year, this has been done with Rachel running the ‘getting to know you’ workshop and the children that attended are beginning to have more self-belief.
The staff at Paget School have reported that they have a lot more confidence now in teaching and tackling sensitive issues that need to be covered as part of the PHSE curriculum, this is due to the nature of the programme and the planning of the lessons through the teachers guides. Staff have also benefited from the additional support from Rachel through the extended insets and this has enabled them to develop and extend the use of the Dot Com programme. All staff now have a clear vision of the schools future targets regarding the use of the programme.
Parents are very supportive of the programme and with the help of Rachel, the school will be developing family values workshops further in the up and coming academic year.
Paget School are very proud to be a flagship school for the Dot Com charity, with both staff and children thoroughly enjoying the work of the programme. A selected number of children filmed a video clip regarding the work they have been doing and the impacts the programme has had on them . This enabled these children alongside the PHSE lead and head teacher to attend the amazing Inspiring children’s Awards event held at Aston villa on the 3rd June – this was made even more special as Kelvin Sam – a pupil at Paget received an award.
Paget School are looking forward to further embedding the programme into their school curriculum in the next academic year and the Dot Com Children’s Foundation are looking forward to supporting them in the years ahead also.