How do we work with students?
We provide appropriate support to students, co-ordinating outside agencies where necessary and personalising specific intervention, enabling them to manage day-to-day life in school. We support students, either in small groups or on a 1:1 basis, by delivering specific intervention packages. Students are highlighted by parents, tutors, progress leaders, or other outside agencies. We also support the school’s ‘Discipline for Learning’ system and withdraw students (at teacher’s request) who can no longer stay in the classroom. Appropriate work is provided by teachers and students are given the time and opportunity to talk through and reflect on their behaviour. Past evidence suggests that this type of support helps those students who are:
• Low / non-attendance students
• Lacking in social skills
• Experiencing behavioural difficulties
• Experiencing anxiety
• Recently bereaved or from a split family
• Identified as having specific needs
Supporting students in a triage approach (student-family-school) allows for the personalised provision to be implemented effectively so the overall emotional and social wellbeing of students‟ needs are met.
• Raising aspirations
• Managing difficult situations
• Transition (Year 6)
• Coping under pressure
• Avoiding conflict with others / friendships
• Specific subjects or other relevant material
• Developing self-esteem and confidence
Working alongside families is also an important aspect of student support and we try to support and signpost any family which may be going through any difficulty. Being a parent is a challenging role and, at times, it helps to know you have someone to trust and work with to ensure your child/ren have the very best experience in school and at home.
What students say about the support they’ve received:
“It makes you look at things in different ways”
“It improves your social skills”
“Fun, exciting and you make new friends”
“It helps with my confidence”
“I understand it more; it makes me want to work hard”
“You get one to one help and you don’t mess about”
“You don’t get distracted any more when doing your work”
“They understand and listen”
“It’s helped me because you can talk to them about things”
“They have taught me how to do things differently and make the most of school life”
What parents say about about support students receive:
“It’s good to have someone who’s not a teacher, who can take the time to listen and help with issues”
“Very good, they have helped me with ideas and different ways of working with my son”
“Since getting the help from school there has been an improvement in communication and behaviour at home”
“I think the support my son has received has made a huge difference. He’s much calmer, he deals with his anger much better and we are a lot happier”
• If you have any concerns about a child’s safety and welfare, then please contact the school- firstname.lastname@example.org, if the school is closed then please contact the local safeguarding department https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/child-protection-and-safeguarding or the NSPCC for support and advice 0808 800500.
• As we are all increasing the amount of time we spend online, it is important that we are aware of potential risks- please look at the following links https://www.childnet.com/, https://www.internetmatters.org/,https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ , https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre, https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Online support- useful links for mental health and well-being including some excellent apps (could these links have the icons/pictures/hyperlinks you did for wellbeing letter in April)
• https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/ This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being.
• https://www.kooth.com/ This is an online counselling service and wellbeing platform for young people in Leicestershire to access free of charge.
• https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/ This is a great website with emotional, physical and sexual health advice for teens.
• https://youngminds.org.uk/ This is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. There are some very useful links and blogs for young people.
• https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ This is a useful website that offers advice and support for young people and adults.
• https://www.samaritans.org/ Samaritans can support if you’re having a difficult time and struggling to cope, or if you are worried about someone else.
• https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/ There is lots of useful advice, support and blogs on this site.
If you are struggling and need any pastoral support, please let us know by submitting a request via this form here.