Lanesborough School, Guildford, Surrey – Primary Resources (Go-Givers)

Alison Heath-Taylor, Deputy Head at Lanesborough School. Member of the Go-Givers Community – our programmatic library of Primary Teaching Resources curriculum lessons and assemblies – since 2015. Schools subscribe to use these resources to build inspiring and engaging lessons linking to citizenship and PSHE.

Go-Givers resources can now be found on our Browse Resources webpage.

Who decided to take out a subscription to Go-Givers and why?

As Deputy Head Teacher with responsibility for whole school PSHCE, it was my decision to take out a school subscription in 2015. I’d used the Go-Givers resources before for a number of years, when the programme had government funding and was free for schools, and had found the content and format of the materials to be very high quality. I’d also found the resources were accessible for teachers and engaging for children so I allocated some of my budget to pay for a subscription when Go-Givers stopped being a free resource.

How does the school use the Go-Givers resources?

The resources are used from Reception right through to Year 6 during our PSHCE lesson time and in assembly time.

While I was planning our PSHCE curriculum, during the inception of our ‘Lanesborough Values’ and ‘Lanesborough Learning Habits’ which are attitudes, skills and key characteristics we are seeking to develop in the boys we teach, I met with one of the Go-Givers team, Victoria Quijada. We talked about linking some of the Go-Givers lessons with our value of the month and based our curriculum around the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study themes ‘Health & Wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the Wider World’ (which the Go-Givers lessons are also mapped to).

We also use NSPCC resources and other PSHE resources to provide extra materials to support topics such as drugs education and e-safety.

What are the benefits of the resources?

One of the main benefits is that the PowerPoints can be edited to suit your own class (we edit the KS1 PowerPoints to use in Foundation Stage and KS2 PowerPoints have even been used in Year 8) and they are so easy for staff to just ‘pick up’ and run with.

We also really like the fact that the lessons are regularly updated and refreshed to make sure content meets any new government guidance or address new topics. The Go-Givers lessons have been particularly helpful for teaching British values and there are lots of really good lessons to support relationships education.

The puppets have also been exceptionally well received by the younger pupils who really love and identify with the Go-Givers characters.