The school takes the personal development and well-being of children very seriously.
We know that children are unlikely to flourish unless they are developing positive relationships, feel safe and are adopting healthy lifestyles. Our Rights Respecting ethos is embedded in our curriculum. These include the rights to be safe and healthy.
We also know that some children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to making and keeping friendships. We offer a variety of support with this including targeted playground activities for vulnerable children, a playground squad and Pastoral Care Leader support.
We address many of these issues in our PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education)* curriculum. We also offer support through programmes such as Circle of Friends and Bright Minds, Bright Moods. These programmes are supported by our colleagues at PLSS (Robson House) and the Educational Psychology Service.
We encourage children to develop confidence and resilience* through teaching, social play opportunities and through more targeted support where this is needed.
Our positive behaviour system encourages children to manage their own behaviour. As a result of our commitment to the UNCRC* there is no need for school rules. The children in each class develop their own Class Charters which become a point of reference for the class and once signed by the teacher, assistants and pupils it signifies a joint undertaking which binds everyone together. We also have a playground charter to guide children to play well outside.
We have a zero tolerance of bullying and talk about all aspects of bullying in assemblies and lessons: we have very little bullying in our school but when it does occur we work with the children involved to make sure that it does not happen again.
We provide expert help for any child who is experiencing any difficulties with behaviour or relationships from well-trained staff. We will always consult and involve parents in the decision to offer this support. Our specialist help and some of their services includes:
Pastoral Care Leader:
- emotional support
- playground provision
- targeted 1:1 and group social skills
- in class support for vulnerable children
- support with emotional health and wellbeing
- advice on family therapy
- 1:1 child psychotherapy
PLSS (Robson House):
- behaviour support
- positive handling planning
- de-escalation strategies
- staff training and workshops
Educational Psychology Service
- behavioural support
- bereavement services
- assessment of emotional and learning difficulties
- staff training and workshops
We have a Playground Squad where selected children help other children in the playground to join in games and activities and “mediate” when there are arguments and disputes.
We make sure that our school council is representative of the population of the school – we currently have two children with SEND serving on the Council – and we encourage and support children with SEND to take on whole school responsibilities, for example, as Eco-Champions, Health Champions and Career Kids.
We have an up to date policy on how we manage medical needs . See our website for further information.
A senior leader has responsibility for Health and Safety concerns across the school.
Children with serious medical needs have an Individual Health Care Plan which sets out
- The medical condition and resulting needs, e.g. medication + treatment; environmental issues
- Support for educational and emotional needs
- Who provides support, their role and training and who needs to be aware
- Arrangements for working with parents/carers
- Support for long term absence
- Support on school trips and journeys
- Emergency procedures
When a child with medical needs is absent long term from school we make sure we keep her or him in touch with learning and friendships.
Our school Nurse provides health checks for children at various times in their schooling. She also runs training for staff on health matters including Epipen use.
We support all children to attend school regularly, for example thorough providing an enjoyable and stimulating curriculum and through home support where this is needed. Our policy on attendance describes why and how we promote high attendance for all children. We use visual incentives and provide regular updates so our children can see current attendance information. Examples of this can be seen on our website.
We provide specialist support and up to date training for staff on safeguarding, keeping children safe and meeting children’s emotional needs. Our volunteers are also provided with this training.
All of our staff and governors have an up-to-date DBS * check.