8. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
The teachers and TAs in each class provide social and emotional support to children on a daily ongoing basis.
All children in the school are supported through SEAL (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning) and the PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) curriculum.
Additional support can be requested from one of our 2 ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) for a variety of needs including bereavement, emotional development, social skills etc.Programmes can be individually tailored for these children. Parents/carers, teachers or children themselves can request ELSA time. The PIT (Pupil Inclusion Team) and Mr Damian Pratt (SENCO) allocate cases to the ELSA who has the best matched skills or has had previous involvement with the child. ELSA interventions usually last for 6-8 weeks and require parental involvement at the start and end of the intervention. You will be directly contacted by the school at these points in time.
We also have two FISOs (Family Inclusion Support Officers) who are trained to work with children and their families together. Mrs Justine Spake and Mrs Maggie Prince maintain their ELSA training in the FISO role.
We operate 2 Nurture groups at Valentine Primary School. Nurture groups are small classes of 10-12 children with a ‘family feel’. They provide an education in mixed age groupings with a teacher and TA whilst supporting children’s emotional and social development. Our Nurture teachers are Mrs Aimee Norman and Mrs Linda Willmot. The Nurture Group TAs are Mrs Donna Reiman. Selection into the Nurture group is supported by a questionnaire called the Boxall profile that the class teacher and TA complete. If we feel that your child would benefit from being part of the Nurture Group we will approach you to discuss this.
Our Behaviour Policy includes guidance on expectations and positive and negative consequences. It is followed closely by all staff.
Mr Damian Pratt specialises in behaviour support. Should the need arise for your child, Mr Damian Pratt will support behaviour in school by drawing up a behaviour plan with you for your child to follow.
Mr Dan Beech is also available. He is responsible for running lunchtime clubs and a weekly session of Forest Schools.
We feel very strongly that regular attenders are given better opportunity to thrive at school and as such the monitoring of attendance is completed daily. Where we are concerned about attendance we will contact you in the first instance. Where necessary we will seek advice from the EWO (Education Welfare Officer).
Our school nurse completes routine checks and is available to parents/carers where there are concerns over health and development. The school nursing team also train staff annually on relevant issues such as asthma, epilepsy and diabetes.
We ensure that trained staff are available to support the medical needs of pupils including the administering of prescribed medicines.
If needed, due to their SEN and with your consent, we will attend to the personal care of your child. In these situations there may be more than one member of staff present.
All children’s views are sought through the school council and other forums, which give every child the chance to have a voice.