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8. What support will there be for my child's emotional and social well-being?

Pastoral and social support:

  • We run Lunchtime Nurture Sessions where children who find the long lunchtime play tricky can attend. This includes pupils who may have difficulties making friendships or negotiating play
  • Every afternoon two of our highly experienced TAs run ACORNS. These sessions are to support pupils develop their life skills and social skills. Some children access this time and work with others to learn how to manage their emotions and negotiate working with others. 
  • Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Health Mentor and Midday Supervisors build up strong relationships with children to support their emotional needs.
  • All incidents are communicated to the relevant members of staff and recorded in the class behaviour book.
  • A Behaviour Support Plan or a Pastoral Support Plan is written and administered and all staff are made aware of it
  • All child protection issues will be reported to Pam Jenkinson (Inclusion lead).
  • We have a clear behaviour policy which is adhered to by all staff and reviewed annually (please visit the school website for a copy). We use a restorative approach to dealing with conflict which allows all those involved to feel they are able to voice what has happened, who has been affected and how they can put things right. 
  • Interventions for personal, social and emotional development are planned for in both Key stages. The content of this will vary dependent on the needs of the children. Stories, circle time and sharing experiences form a staple part of the group.
  • Circle time happens in every classroom to promote speaking, listening, empathy, working together, turn taking and following social rules.

 

Medical needs

  • If your child has specific medical needs then please contact either your class teacher or the SENCo so appropriate plans can be put into action.
  • If needed a 'care plan' can be written to inform all staff of the specifics of the condition and what should be done to support the needs of the child.
  • If your child requires on-going medication, please contact the school office and complete a medicine administration form. All medicines will be stored in a locked storage box within the medical cupboard.

 

Support for behaviour (including attendance and exclusion):

If your child has specific difficulties regarding behaviour they may have a behaviour plan. This will follow the ASSESS, PLAN, DO, REVIEW process:

 

ASSESS

Your child will be observed by the adults involved and agency support (generally BOSS, Healthy Minds or our EP) to understand the nature of the difficulty, e.g. attention, anxiety, aggression.

REVIEW

Progress will be reviewed against the target every term with pupils, parents and the adults involved (including agency support). Next steps will be agreed.

 

PLAN

A behaviour Support Plan or Pastoral Support Plan will be written with specific targets that will be seen as a priority need for your child based, on the observations, e.g. reduce verbal and physical outbursts at break times.

 

The plan will include triggers for the difficulties; strategies to use with your child; actions of your child and the reactions of the adults.

 

Targets will be created with parents and the pupil.

 
 

DO

Put interventions in place that are shared and taken on board by all staff involved (including specific language to be used/not used).

 

  • If behaviour issues continue despite intervention, a multi-agency meeting (including all adults and agencies involved) may be arranged to discuss next steps to avoid exclusion.
  • If concerns arise regarding your child's attendance, our Inclusion Lead may become involved as per the attendance policy (please refer to website)
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