SEND Information Report 10: Listening to children


We know that the  way we really find out if a child is happy, feeling safe and taking part in the full life of our community is for us to hear the voices of children, especially those most vulnerable.
We make sure that we listen to children in our school and respond to what they say in a number of ways, including:

  • clear policies and systems to support children in expressing any worries or concerns that they have – giving children the right to choose a preferred adult to talk to
  • including children’s views in their My Plans*, finding out what it is important to them, what they think helps and hinders their learning and what they would like to get even better at
  • talking to children and/or groups of children after lesson observations to understand their experience of the lesson
  • inviting children to make personal contributions to their Annual Review meetings, for example, through a video montage or power point presentation.
  • doing an annual online pupil questionnaire on pupil voice
  • encouraging children to respond to feedback given through developmental marking
  • making sure that our School Council is inclusive and represents the whole of our community
  • ensuring that our safeguarding procedures are strong and that all staff are well trained.

All pupils with Education Health and Care Plan have their views included at the front of this plan – this helps everyone supporting the child and family to understand and listen to the child’s views.

Who can my child talk to if she/he is worried about something?

We make sure that every child has at least one adult with whom they can talk and share any worries or anxieties. Every class has a weekly Circle Time, each class has a Mumble Box. Some children prefer to use diaries and children are encouraged to talk directly to any staff member or use the Mumble Box outside the Head Teacher’s Office.
What should I do if my child says that they do not want to come to school?

It’s important that you encourage your child to try to explain why. Try to approach it in a calm open way and avoid putting words in their mouths like “who’s bullying you?”

Talk to your child’s class teacher – it is useful for them to know how your child is feeling and the teacher may also be able to help you understand your child’s experiences. You might decide it is better to talk to your teacher without your child present. You can ask the teacher to arrange a time to talk, or the office can help to set up a meeting. You can always call or come to school to talk with Ms Jacqueline Phelan (Head Teacher) or Ms Mandi Howells (Deputy Head). Whatever you do – don’t do nothing.

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Carlton Primary School
Grafton Road, London, NW5 4AX