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PinK - People in the Know - Gloucestershire PSHE & Safeguarding Curriculum

The PINK Curriculum has been written by the Healthy Living and Learning team of Lead Teachers to meet the needs of all children and young people in Gloucestershire in primary, secondary and FE settings; it is a ‘work in progress’, which will be updated and revised frequently.  Its aim is to support the development of the necessary skills and knowledge that our children need to lead a happy, safe, healthy life.

The PINK curriculum is free to all schools and settings in Gloucestershire. In addition to the curriculum we have developed an online planning tool, which will enable you to map and plan your Safeguarding/PSHE Curriculum for the next academic year. This in turn will feed back electronically into your GHLL review of provision; when completed this will enable you to download a report evidencing how your pupils’ safeguarding needs are met through the curriculum.

Both the mapped curriculum and the planning tool have been devised with flexibility in mind, so as to meet the needs of a huge college or a tiny infant school and everything in-between. We have researched through all freely available resources and cited the ones that we think are most useful but of course, you may well find resources more suitable for your children, or wish to write your own. The planning tool allows for this customisation. Where we couldn’t find anything that we would recommend, we have written our own ‘GHLL’ resources and these are all freely available to schools and settings in Gloucestershire at There are, however, also excellent commercially available resources which you may choose to use and incorporate into your planning. We have suggested which materials are best suited to each Key Stage but you should use your professional knowledge to choose material from the framework that is age/stage appropriate for your children.

Using the Pink Curriculum "Planning Tool"

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14/11/17 Anatomy of Learning A rounded education builds on knowledge to foster character and creativity. But what does that mean in practice? Neil Mercer and Lyn Dawes at the University of Cambridge have devised a technique called 'Talking Points' to ensure a well-rounded education is facilitated by what they call "exploratory talk". You give an audience a series of statements (crucially, statements rather than questions elicit a stronger response as you have a gut reaction to them). In pairs, people go down the list at their own pace and start discussing the ones that they are provoked to talk about.

10 talk points, some of which will hopefully spark a reaction:

  1. Judge a school not just by exams but by the beautiful work crafted by pupils and how interesting they are in a conversation.
  2. Empowering knowledge is more important than just knowledge of the powerful.
  3. Head, heart and hand must be in balance for a decent education.
  4. We must stop treating teachers like cogs in an exam wheel.
  5. Speaking should be given the same status as reading and writing.
  6. Headteachers should be the Head Teacher. And increasingly they’re not.
  7. There is no trade-off between knowledge and skills; we need powerful learners who develop both.
  8. Creativity in all its forms should be right at the heart of a school.
  9. Contrary to received wisdom you can teach character; you just have to be clever about it.
  10. If you want to develop school culture, make a drama teacher your first appointment.


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