Educational and Political Context
We’re keeping a pulse on the educational landscape and the primary curriculum review, and hoping that our incredible teachers and school staff will continue to plan for broad, contextualised learning that stimulates children’s imaginations and engages them in critical-thinking and problem-solving.
We think that Go-Givers has the potential to be the bedrock of all learning through SMSC provision (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural learning) by cultivating an ethos of caring, concern and community connection.
‘It’s the job of the education system to prepare our young people for the challenges and opportunities of a changing world. What better opportunity than basing Go-Givers at the heart of the school curriculum?’ Rekha Bhakoo CBE, Headteacher, Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School (Top Performing Primary School in England 2011, 2014)
We’ve seen time and time again that Go-Givers helps teachers to deliver PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education) in a cross-curricular way. We complement the remit of PSHCE schemes such as SEAL and Healthy Schools, by extending the related citizenship elements and applying them to a wider societal context. For instance, issues of bullying in the classroom and playground open up learning opportunities for children to discuss power and politics between groups in society and between nation-states.
Many teachers have told us that Go-Givers instils them with the confidence to tackle controversial issues in the classroom from immigration to homophobia to Islamophobia.
‘Go-Givers materials do not shy away from covering what can be seen as controversial social issues but in delivering the lessons, thanks to the materials, I knew I did not run the risk of offending anyone.’ Tina Allison, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, West Berkshire
Go-Givers offers opportunities for Pupil Voice, the Creative Curriculum and supports the work of the UNICEF accredited Rights-Respecting Schools Award.
For specifics about how Go-Givers lessons link to existing initiatives, visit the Planning section.
‘Through Go-Givers, I saw lots of examples of amazing opportunity for mathematics, scientific awareness, English – reading, writing and managing speech, where historical understanding can link with geographical understanding to show children the way the world works. Maths and English are important, but they’re important to a purpose. And if you can think of a purpose that’s more important than improving our global, national and local community, I’d be struggling to beat you.’ Mick Waters, Former Director of Curriculum, QCA