12. 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 for children to they need positive relationships, to feel safe and are have healthy life styles. We also know that some children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to making and keeping friendships. 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 behaviour 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 bully and the child who is being bullied 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 the school’s Inclusion Team, Behaviour for Learning Support, TOPS (outreach and psychotherapist), Educational Psychologist, Nurture Group, Outreach.
When a child returns to 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 good progress in learning.
We have a “playground friends” system – older children (and some of these have SEND) help 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 – 15% of children with SEND serving on the council 16/17- and we encourage and support children with SEND to take on whole school responsibilities, for example as Playground Friends, Monitors, and stand for the school council.
We have an up to date policy on how we manage and administrate medicine and a Senior Leader with responsibility for Health and Safety concerns across the school. We have an Intimate Care Policy.
Children with serious medical needs have an Individual Health Care Plan which sets out:
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. On some occasions, an outreach support worker, would teach the child work that s/he is missing from school, at home or in hospital.
Our School Nurse is Ms Hana Pike. The Assistant Head – Shayne Davids in partnership with the school nurse has responsibility for the Individual Health Care Plans and carries out staff training in order to meet the specific medical needs of the child.
We support all children to attend school regularly, for example through 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 DBS* check (Disclosure and Barring Service).
Our Child Protection Officer is Mandi Howells. Jacqueline Phelan and all of our staff are trained in safeguarding.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SAFETY
Who will watch out for my child at playtimes to make sure they are safe and well?
We have a well-trained team of Playground Assistants who organise games and related activities. 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. They follow the school’s Behaviour Policy by using the restorative conversation script.