At Woodhouse Community Primary School, we are an inclusive school we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the Emotional and Social Development needs of SEN children are met. Inspired by British values, staff believe that high self-esteem is crucial and aim to support and promote the emotional well-being of all children. On a daily basis the class teacher is responsible for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact should further advice or support is required.
At Woodhouse Community Primary School, we have a Parent Support Advisor, Kirsty Ovington who supports many children, parents and families to provide an additional layer of pastoral care. Kirsty works with the school community to support links with the wider community. She also offers a variety of opportunities for children to develop social and emotioanl skills through a range of groups and programmes, such as Nurture Group, Getting Along etc.
Woodhouse Community Primary School has and maintains close links with External Partnerships. In order to access the best professional advice, we also work closely with Local Authority and Private Providers of additional services, such as Occupational Therapy, CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. We often hold multi-professional meetings in school so that parents are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join us easily, if appropriate.
As a school we have a very positive approach to all types of behaviour with a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and pupils Class Dojo from Year 1-6. The children are rewarded with Dojos for academic achievements as well as positive and kind behaviour and can be awarded at the end of the week with certificates. To ensure that positive messages reach parents on a regular basis, staff send messages, pictures and videos through Dojo to celebrate a child’s achievements and progress. This 2 -way communication between school and home is a very positive aspect.
In Early Years, we use Tapestry, an online 2-way communication system to inform parents of the progress and positive achievements of their children, whilst also offering their own feedback and input. This is regarded by parents and carers as a very positive communication system which establishes positive links between school and home.