Lesson 1: Adults in school

Understanding who the adults are who work in school, and how to speak to them.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To know how to respond to adults in a safe and familiar context

Statutory guidance

  • Being safe >Pupils should know how to respond safely and appropriately to adults they may encounter (in all contexts, including online) whom they do not know

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


For pupils needing extra support: have photos of people who work in school before for the ‘Guess who’ activity. Show them a visitor and staff badge. Ask the school secretary to explain how they sign in visitors.

Pupils working at greater depth: should be challenged to explain the importance of being polite and confident in potentially tricky situations for example where they have to question an adult about something they don’t understand or what they are doing in school.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils’ understanding and progress


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Sarah Huggins,  
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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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