How we support children’s health and general well-being – including their safety, attendance and positive behaviour
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 life styles. Please see our Mental Health Policy for an explanation of how we promote emotional wellbeing/ and respond to mental health needs.
We also know that some children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to making and keeping friendships. We address many of these issues in the Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)* part of our curriculum. We hold weekly circle time sessions on the social and emotional aspects of learning and these are often responsive to the needs of the class. We also have weekly assemblies that aim to address these issues. We aim to encourage all children to become resilient learners through a whole school approach focusing on Growth Mindset.
We promote positive behaviour as part of our philosophy of learning – for example, through group and paired work. You can read more about our approach to behaviour in our Behaviour Policy. We have 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 become a long-term problem.
We provide expert help for any child who is experiencing any difficulties with behaviour or relationships from well-trained staff, including:
|Specialist Service||Frequency||Examples of what they do|
|Onsite CAMHS worker||Half day per week||On-site therapeutic support for the emotional and personal development of children and families.|
|Art Therapist||2 and a half days per week||Helps children to find an outlet for emotions, fosters self-awareness and confidence in a secure, confidential environment using a variety of art materials.|
|Music Therapist||Half day per week||Offers therapy and workshop sessions (one-to-one, or in small or large groups) to support with a range of needs.|
|Leader of Learning for Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs||Full-time||Runs small Nurture Group during mornings for Y1 and Y2 children with a range of social and emotional needs. Facilitates behaviour plans and contracts and regularly meets with vulnerable pupils.|
We have a specialist intervention available (‘The Nurture Group’) for children who may be experiencing some social and emotional difficulties that prevent them from thriving in a large classroom setting. The group is called ‘Nurture Group’ because we work in a way that is very similar to a home environment. The Nurture Group room is a classroom within the school house with a home play area, comfortable seating, kitchen/dining area, reading room and infant size table and chairs for group working.
Our Key Stage 1 Nurture Group is called ‘Rainbow Class’. We offer this intervention to Y1 children & Y2 children for a maximum of 4 terms. The KS1 Nurture Group is staffed by Amanda Aplicano (our Leader of Learning for Children with Social, Emotional and mental Health Needs) and a Teaching Assistant. The group has a maximum of 8 children at any one time and is part-time so that the child still has sessions with their main class.
The Key Stage 2 Nurture Group (Y3 & 4 children) is for a maximum of 3 terms and follows the same principles. The work is topic based and follows the Year 3 & 4 curriculum to ensure that children cover the same topics as their peers.
When a child returns to the School after a fixed-term exclusion, the Head Teacher meets the parents and child together to agree a support plan to help her or him settle back into school and make better progress.
We have an up to date policy on how we manage medical needs and support children with medical conditions.
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.
We support all children to attend school regularly, including through arranging home support where this is needed. Our policy on attendance describes why and how we promote high attendance for all children: hyperlink.
We support all children to attend school regularly, including through arranging home support where this is needed. Our Attendance Policy describes why and how we promote high attendance for all children.
We provide specialist support and up-to-date training for staff on child protection and other aspects of safeguarding, including protecting children from neglect and emotional harm.
All of our staff and governors hold an up-to-date DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) at the necessary level.
Our Head Teacher Robin Warren has ultimate responsibility for Health and Safety concerns across the School.