PATHS Model School

After 3 years of hard work we are delighted to say we are now one of only a few schools in the area to become a coveted PATHS Model School.

The PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) is a state-of-the-art programme designed for schools to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills.

The teaching of PATHS is a structured whole school approach covering the following units every year from P1 to P7 –

  1. Emotional understanding
  2. Self-control
  3. Social problem solving
  4. Peer relations and self-esteem.

Educational  research indicates that following the PATHS programme has a very positive impact on teaching children effective strategies to cope with stressful situations, building resilience, raising academic outcomes and making pupils happier.

Our last Inspection Report stated, ‘The quality of pastoral care in the school is outstanding…The staff encourage the children to explore their feelings and emotions through the personal development and mutual understanding (PDMU) curriculum.’

Thank you PATHS for providing the inspiration, resources and excellent coaching/mentoring so our school community could achieve and embed these for the benefit of all.

McClintock would like to thank Mrs Aiken for leading the programme in the school, to all the teachers imparting the PATHS principles every week, to our classroom assistants for ensuring PATHS approaches were followed daily in the playground and especially to all our great pupils who have benefited from this innovative approach. We are extremely grateful to our wonderful PATHS coaches, Lindsay and Whitney for their mentoring, dedication and professionalism during the past 3 years at McClintock.