PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK & NI Version)

Barnardo’s is working in partnership with Woolpit Primary to deliver The PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK & NI Version). Throughout their time at school, your child’s class will participate in PATHS® lessons as part of the PSHE curriculum.

What is PATHS®?

PATHS® (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is a social-emotional learning curriculum which helps children to improve their friendships, help them make good decisions and improve their behaviour, as well as helping children achieve overall academic success.

What are the goals of the PATHS® Programme?

•              Increasing children’s abilities to think and problem solve for themselves

•              Improving children’s understanding of themselves and others

•              Helping children with emotional literacy and awareness of feelings

•              Improving children’s self-esteem

•              Increasing children’s abilities to learn more effectively in the classroom

How does it work?

The PATHS® Programme develops children’s social and emotional skills, it is taught by class teachers as part of the school day. Starting in Reception, children begin to develop their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship and responsible decision-making skills. Children learn how to manage and express their feelings and identify the feelings others. They develop an understanding of how their behaviour affects others, and they are taught strategies to build and maintain healthy relationships and friendships. As they move further up the school, they learn how to effectively problem solve.

Pupil of the Day

Every child gets a chance to be PATHS® Pupil of the Day throughout the year. The job of this pupil is to support the teacher delivering the lesson, giving out equipment, selecting peers for activities. At the end of the session the Pupil of the Day will receive their compliments which will be written on a Compliment List and shared with parents.

How can I find out more information?

Woolpit Primary and Barnardo’s will hold a Parent Information Session to help you understand more about PATHS® and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions. In the meantime, please speak to your child’s teacher who will also send home some other letters about work completed during the lessons.