'Clever Never Goes' is launched at the Prep School | Portsmouth High School

‘Clever Never Goes’ is launched at the Prep School

Last Tuesday the Clever Never Goes initiative was launched at the Prep School. Led by Miss Lucy Moffitt, the programme aims to get the girls to think for themselves rather than relying on the outdated Stranger Danger approach. This statement is from the website:

  • We spend the first few years doing everything we can to protect our children…
  • Then we have to learn how to give them some independence…
  • Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work. Most strangers will help rather than harm children. Conversely, it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat. That’s why we’ve invented Clever Never Goes.
  • Clever Never Goes teaches children to recognise when someone (anyone) is asking them to go with them. We call this ‘Go Spotting’. It’s about giving your child practical safety skills and confidence to engage with the outside world.

We spend a large amount of our time at the school teaching the girls to be independent and confident when dealing with adults. They need to learn at an early age how to assess situations and where to go for help. This is already our approach to eSafety and something I believe in wholeheartedly. Children need to talk about situations and share with their responsible adults in a non-judgemental framework.

The advice to schools is to move the focus away from strangers and instead teach children to recognise when someone is asking them to go with them. We call this ‘Go Spotting’. In doing so, the programme aims to give children practical safety skills which they can use as they get older and become more independent.

It’s about safety – but it’s also about building children’s abilities to engage with the outside world, and giving parents the confidence to let them.

This is a key area as we prepare the girls for future life and an excellent opportunity for collaboration between school and home.