PATHS Model School

We are delighted to announce that Damhead Primary School has been awarded with PATHS Model School status in September 2021.

The PATHS programme has been implemented at a whole school level and it is very clear to see the positive impact it is having on the holistic development of our children. It truly is a cutting-edge programme and an important part of our PDMU Curriculum. This award is a huge testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our staff, pupils, parents and partnerships. We are also extremely grateful to our PATHS coach for her mentoring, dedication and professionalism during the past 3 years.

Watch our Model School video below to see PATHS at Damhead PS. We hope you enjoy it!

What is PATHS?

The PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is an international 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

  • Emotional understanding
  • Self-control
  • Social problem solving
  • 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.

PATHS helps children with…

  • Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control
  • Frustration & anger management
  • Attention and concentration
  • Thinking before they act out in anger
  • Emotional understanding
  • Expressing their feelings in a positive way
  • Understanding that all feelings are okay, but some behaviours are not ok
  • Preparing for change (e.g. moving to high school)


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