Pastoral Care and Daily Check-ins
At Alexandra Park Primary School, we have a team of people who are responsible for the pastoral care of the children. Part of this role includes promoting children's safety and well being, monitoring attendance and running specific interventions such as nurture groups and gardening or construction clubs. Pastoral interventions are usually run by one our teaching assistants. Daily check-ins are an important part of the pastoral care that we offer and are part of the Restorative Approaches that we follow. Each teacher will check-in with all children during morning registration. Any child who gives a low number will be spoken to by a member of staff to see if we can offer further support. Additionally, some children have been targeted daily check-ins with a named member of staff to support them in school.
Children are made aware they can come and talk to any member of the Pastoral Team to discuss issues they may be experiencing. One strategy may be to complete One Page Profile with that child as a means of discussing how we can best support them. This will be shared with the class teacher and parents. All school staff will always listen, comfort and work together with the child and families to ensure a positive outcome.
Providing personal support appropriate for the needs of each individual childPupils are encouraged to be self-confident and considerate of the needs of othersWorking in partnership with families to unravel any difficulties and working together in the best interest of the childBuild strong or strengthen lasting relationships with outside agenciesIdentify children who need additional support before negative situations may occur
All children feel anxious at some point during their school experience, this is a normal part of development. Anxiety can be displayed in many different ways, fear, worry, tummy ache, tears or aggression. Children experience anxiety for many different reasons, moving house, homework, parent's separation or friendships and may not want to talk about it because they are embarrassed, scared or ashamed.
As parents we worry about how to help. Below is a list of simple techniques to try at home:-
Don't panic!Encourage your child to open up about their feelings, give them time to talk, share your own anxieties as a childModelling calm behaviour, managing your own anxiety show children it can be achievedEncourage good eating (reduce caffeinated, high sugar drinks and foods), regular exercise, hobbies, sufficient sleep and connection with friends. When young people are well rested and relaxed, they will be in a better mental state to handle fears or worriesTalk to school, sharing a problem gives more opportunities for supportDon't avoid the things that make your child anxious, accept their concerns but don't empower them. Avoidance reinforces the anxietyIf the anxiety becomes problematic or concerning look at seeking external support via school or your GP
The following website can also provide help and advice:-
Supporting families accessing the Team Around the Child (TAC) or Child Protection processes, liaising with Social care. The Pastoral team works closely with and can provide links to external agencies should these be required.
We will always welcome you to contact school should you have any worries or are experiencing challenges in school or at home. Any change in home life, no matter how small can influence the children in school. We are here to support both you and your child.
All information will of course be treated confidentially unless there is concern over child safety.
Supporting families to help improve the attendance of all our children is a key aim for the school. Each term, children who achieve 99 or 100% attendance are given a certificate as a reward. At the end the school year, children who have achieved more than 98% attendance over the whole year, have their names placed on our Viking Ship of Honour in the Key Stage 2 hall. (Insert Image). The pastoral team may work with specific families to support them with attendance.
Alexandra Park Primary School is on a journey to become a fully restorative school in the approach that we take to resolving behavioural incidents and building relationships.
All of our members of staff have been trained in ‘Restorative Approaches’ and believe that this approach teaches children about the effect of their own behaviours and how to work together in a positive way.
All incidents are dealt with in a fair, consistent manner through the use of question cards carried by all staff:
1. What happened?
2. What were you THINKING and FEELING at the time?
3. Who has been affected? What harm has been done?
4. What do you NEED in order to move on and feel better?
5. What needs to happen NOW to put things right?
These questions are intended to help children to find a positive outcome for themselves in light of any negative events.
Central to this is developing our children's ability to form positive relationships. Therefore each class in school has a set weekly circle time where they may talk through an issues that may have arisen and look for ways to solve any problems together. They also may look at other aspects of our PSHE curriculum during the circle time sessions.
Our Restorative Ambassadors are another way that we are empowering our children to work together to form friendships and resolve any conflicts. Restorative Ambassadors are children in Year 5 & 6 who have an important role to play in supporting other children in school. They are easily recognised by their yellow t-shirts and are on specific duties during lunchtimes to help support the school with peaceful conflict resolution.
Recently the Restorative Ambassadors have undertaken anti -bullying training at Stockport Academy delivered by their Peer Mentors and we are developing an on-going partnership with their pastoral team.
If you would like to know more information about ‘Restorative Approaches’, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to explain this further.