- 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.
- 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 our PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) curriculum
- We encourage children to develop confidence and resilience through teaching, social play opportunities and through more targeted support where this is needed.
- 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 policy
- 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 have a whole school policy on anti-bullying
- We provide expert help for any child who is experiencing any difficulties with behaviour or relationships from well-trained staff: for example their Learning Mentor or the Psychotherapist. We will always consult and involve parents in the decision to offer this support.
- When a child returns to school after a fixed-term exclusion, the Headteacher meets the parents and child together to agree a support plan to help her or him settle back into school and make good progress in learning.
- We make sure that our school council is representative of the population of the school
- We have an up to date policy on how we manage medical needs. See our website.
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 visits regularly and monitors and supports the medical needs of pupils. She supports the school in areas of policy and guidance, training, screening of health needs, provision of equipment etc.
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 provide specialist support and up to date training for staff on safeguarding, keeping children safe and meeting children’s emotional needs.
All of our staff and governors have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service check.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Who will watch out for my child at playtimes to make sure they are safe and well?
- Staff organise games and activities at playtime. A very important part of their role is to keep a close eye on everything that is happening at lunch and break times and intervene if any child is feeling stressed or sad.