All of our pupils, regardless of their learning needs are given a high level of pastoral and social support from the moment they enter school right through to when they leave. Within classrooms class teachers develop very close relationships with each child to ensure that they are happy, secure and ready to learn on a daily basis.
As a Rights Respecting Level 2 School, we place the UNCRC (United Conventions of the Rights of a Child) at the heart of its planning, policies and practice. The school has a Rights Respecting Ethos, where children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.
To support this we:
- Ensure children are provided with an Educational Support Plan where needed
- Have trained lunchtime supervisors who know the school well
- Ensure all of our staff and visitors are DBS checked and fully trained in all aspects of their role.
- Carry out social development programmes when appropriate for those children who require extra support.
- Use playground leaders to support children at playtimes.
- Have a range of after school activities which promote healthy and safer lifestyles.
- We work closely with other professionals, both in-school staff, the school nurse, outside agencies and parents/carers to support all public health and medical needs within the school.
- We are able to meet with parents/carers to discuss any concerns within a confidential and supportive environment.
- We ensure staff receive up to date training and we seek advice from the relevant professionals to meet a families’ needs.
- Seven members of staff are fully trained paediatric first aiders.
- A further five members of staff are trained in Full First Aid at work
- We arrange school nurse involvement and drop in sessions for parents/carers.
- We can produce Care Plans for those children who have complex additional needs.
- We support children with additional Speech and Language needs by working in small groups, on a 1:1 basis or by involving speech and language professionals who regularly work with identified children in school.
Social and Emotional support
- We place great important on promoting and supporting a child’s positive social and emotional well-being. We encourage children, parents and carers to speak to key members of staff each day. We are also happy to speak over the telephone to those parents who work during the day.
- Weekly, a member of the Behaviour Intervention Team comes in to work with children with social and emotional issues. She reports to parents on how sessions are progressing and writes reports that are used to enhance children’s support plans.
- School counselling session stake place weekly for those who need it. Our trained counsellor works with specific children and updates parents and teachers on how sessions are progressing.
- We use CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) alongside this support where necessary.
- Our OPAL leaders and sports leaders support children during playtimes, encouraging positive behaviour and making sure everyone has someone to play with.
- We always provide staff to accompany the children on their visits and members of the transition team liaise closely with us throughout the year, particularly during the Summer Term.
- We hold regular parents evenings and provide tours of the school.
Intervention for Social and Emotional Development
- Therapeutic story writing
- Behaviour Intervention team sessions
- School Counsellor
- Lunch Club (and support at unstructured times)