SCARF provides the framework for a whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on five values: safety (S), caring (C), achievement (A), resilience (R) and friendship (F).
Each value is linked to a colour on the scarves worn by Harold the giraffe and his friends, and which everyone in school can metaphorically wrap around themselves, reminding them to put the SCARF values into action.
The SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking, fun activities which children experience during Coram Life Education sessions, whether led by our expert educators or by teachers in the classroom. As children get older, while they still cherish Harold, themes about wellbeing and relationships are explored in greater depth and resources are tailored to their age group.
How do the SCARF resources help teachers help children put SCARF into action?
The SCARF resources provide over 350 regularly updated rully-resourced lesson plans. There are also assemblies, teaching and learning films and planning and assessment tools. These are flexible - and mapped to thenew DfE statutory guidance for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), the PSHE Association programmes of study, and also fully aligned with the National Curriculum (England) and Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland).
SCARF is making a difference in schools today – because it gives them a whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on the core values of safety, caring, achievement, resilience and friendship, and developed with the knowledge that improving children’s health and wellbeing improves their academic attainment.
Tim Palmer, Acting Deputy Head, Frizinghall Primary School, where SCARF is used as part of a whole-school approach, explains what can be achieved:
‘Where SCARF was done well the children were happier and more positive about school. They understood the rules and responsibilities better. They were more equipped to handle setbacks and disagreements and understood to Achieve better they needed to be Safe, Caring, Resilient and Friendly.’
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