Pastoral, Medical and Social Support
At Vane Road Primary School, we believe it is vitally important to develop the whole child, not just their academic ability. Pastoral Care
We believe that children are entitled to:
- be involved in the planning of their own health care needs whenever possible.
- establish a routine individually related to their needs and age.
We believe that parents are entitled to:
- Be consulted about their child’s personal care, to ensure that it is sensitive to the families culture and reflects their child’s needs.
- The reassurance that children will, whenever possible, receive personal care from the staff that know him/her best.
To support this, we :
- Offer appointments in-house with our School Counsellor, Nalini Muller who is there to offer specialised support to children and their families.
- Have trained lunchtime supervisors who know the school well and have been employed here for many years.
- Ensure all of our staff and visitors are DBS checked and fully trained in all aspects of their role.
- Have a well planned PSHE curriculum, which runs throughout the school and have recently been awarded Level 1/Silver the Rights Respecting School Award. We also run social development programmes such as Lego Therapy for those children who require extra support.
- Use Buddies to support children at playtimes.
- Ensure children are provided with an Educational Support Plan where needed and we support families through our links with local community groups, organisations and services.
- Our range of after school activities promote healthy and safer lifestyles.
- We work closely with other professionals, both in-school staff, the school nurse , outside agencies and parents/carers to support all public health and medical needs within the school.
- We have a designated Medical Needs Care Assistant, Mrs Christine Wilson who completes Risk Assessments, administers medicine, updates Care Plans and a host of other duties. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions.
- We are able to meet with parents/carers to discuss any concerns within a confidential and supportive environment.
- We ensure staff receive up to date training and we seek advice from the relevant professionals to meet a families’ needs. A number of our members of staff are fully trained paediatric first aiders.
- We produce Care Plans for those children who have complex additional needs.
- We support children with additional Speech and Language needs by working in small groups, on a 1:1 basis or by involving speech and language professionals who work with identified children in school.
Social and Emotional support
We place great importance on promoting and supporting a child’s positive social and emotional well-being. We are a friendly and open school. We encourage children, parents and carers to speak to key members of staff each day. We are also happy to speak over the telephone to those parents who work during the day.
We use Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to support where necessary.
We run Social Groups and Programmes using recommended stategies and resources from the Autism and Social Communication Team.
Our school Buddies support children during lunch times, encouraging positive behaviour and making sure everyone has someone to play with and support them in their play.
We support the children fully when they move to secondary school. We always provide staff to accompany the children on their visits and members of the transition team spend many hours in our school every Summer Term.
We hold regular parents evenings and provide tours of the school.