WHAT SUPPORT IS THERE FOR MY CHILD’S OVERALL WELL BEING?

WHAT IS THE PASTORAL, MEDICAL AND SOCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL?

v  Orchard Junior School embraces an inclusive approach to education and for many years  have upheld our proud reputation of being prepared to go ‘the extra distance’  to ensure all our pupils, whatever their needs, are able to participate in all aspects of school life

v  Ofsted (2010) reported on the strong relationships between staff and pupils and  the whole staff work hard to do their best for the children in our care.

v  Class teachers have overall responsibility for the pastoral, medical and social care of every child in their class. If the class teacher has concerns over the well being of individual pupils this would be discussed with the SENCO and where appropriate our ELSA team.

v  Orchard Junior School has a team of three ELSAs who provide emotional and social support for individual pupils. The ELSA team also offer parents home link support.

v  The SENCO may work alongside external agencies such as Social Services to provide support for pupils with more complex needs.

v  Orchard Junior School has established strong relationships with agencies such as The Clifford Centre (Behaviour) to put appropriate support in place for individual pupils and their families.

HOW DOES THE SCHOOL MANAGE THE ADMINSTRATION OF MEDICINES?

v  The school has a policy regarding the administration and management of medicines on the school site. (Click her for policy)

v  Where medication, prescribed by Health Professionals, is required during the school day parents should visit the school office to complete the relevant permission forms and discuss timing.

v  The staff at Orchard Junior School receive regular training in the care of pupils with specific needs e.g. Diabetes, Epilepsy.

v  Within the school community there are team of trained first aiders overseen by the lead First Aider, Mrs Croton.

WHAT SUPPORT Is THERE FOR BEHAVIOUR, AVOIDING EXCLUSION AND INCREASING ATTENDANCE?

v  Where a pupil has behaviour difficulties the class teacher will put in place an Individual Behaviour Management Plan (IBMP) which will be shared with the pupil, parents and members of staff who come into contact with the child.

v  Relevant support is put in place to help pupils overcome difficulties related to behaviour. This may be an invitation to ‘The Club’, our nurture room and outside area,  in which break times are managed by our ELSA team away from the noise and bustle of the playground.

v  Where additional support is needed the SENCO can  refer an individual child to The Clifford Centre (Behaviour Support). Members of their team may provide outreach support and advice.  Parental consent is sought and parents are invited to contribute to meetings.

v  The school employs a qualified Play Therapist to work, on a weekly basis, with pupils identified as having anger / attachment issues. Parental consent is always sought in advance of these sessions commencing.

v  The school has a behaviour management system in place across the school in order to ensure a consistent approach to rewards and sanctions.

v  Attendance of all pupils is closely monitored. Lateness and absence are recorded. If there is cause for concern the Headteacher will make contact with parents. Good attendance is encouraged through an incentive scheme which rewards those with full attendance.

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS?

v  Each class elects two school councillors to represent them in regular School Council meetings.  The councillors consult their classes before the meetings which are a forum for issues and viewpoints to be raised.

v  Pupils on the SEN register will have the opportunity to record their views and set new targets on their Individual Provision Plan with their class teacher and parents termly.

v  All pupils are surveyed annually through Orchard Junior School’s pupil questionnaire. The results and any issues / concerns raised by the questionnaire are discussed with the School Council.

v  For those pupils who have an Inclusion Partnership Agreement or Education, Health Care Plan there is the opportunity to express their views before interim and annual review meetings.