What is a Pastoral Team?
Our Pastoral Team is here to:
- Offer support
- Promote positive behaviour
- Identify the barriers to learning and set targets
- Offer encouragement and build self-esteem and confidence
Who does our Pastoral Team work with?
- Individuals and groups of children
- Teachers and other members of staff
- External agencies such as; Social Services, Police, Health Professionals, Education Welfare Service, Doctors and nurses
The Role of the Pastoral Team
- Build confidence, raise self-esteem and motivation
- Improve social skills, form relationships with friends, family and staff
- Improve attendance and punctuality
- Remove barriers to learning
- Help children to achieve their potential
- An active pastoral programme of support which children can be referred to or self-refer
- Staff training on how to provide a happy and safe environment and children are taught to speak to members of staff about any problems they have
- Rigorous behaviour monitoring and looking for possible causes of the behaviour
- Assemblies, workshops, lessons on Health and Wellbeing
- Secondary Transition groups
- Pupil voice for Annual Reviews and EHCP conversions
- Strong partnership with parents
- Improve support and communication between home and school
- Access to outside agencies and someone to talk to in confidence
- A friendly face to talk to
- Somebody to listen and offer advice
- Referrals to outside services and support
- Full time Pastoral Support. Miss McKnight and Mrs Boden are available daily to help with any concerns a parent wishes to discuss
- The Headteacher, Mr McDonald, is always available to speak with parents. Please call the office to arrange an appointment
- SENCo – Mrs Hewitt
- If you have a worry or concern about your child's learning, emotional well-being or social interaction, please contact the Pastoral Team to discuss these further. Where there is a need, that cannot be accessed within or by school, advice and sign posting can be given to agencies and services, who will be able to provide you with support.
- As well as supporting the above, the Pastoral Team have very good links with agencies and other professionals to address the needs of our school and local community. These include: Children’s Social Care, Early Help Service, Health Professionals, CAMHS, Education Service and the Police. We can also support with Housing, Debt and Legal Advice.
- More effective and efficient communication between parents/carers, teachers and outside agencies
- Reduction in anti-social behaviour
- Happy, motivated children achieving their potential
The Voice of the Child
Bishop Martin Primary School understands the importance of enabling the voice of the child to be heard to promote safeguarding and well-being.
Examples of the Pastoral Care Team’s work include:
- One-to-one sessions
- Small group work – this can involve working in a small group of children on a range of issues such as social skills, worries and anxiety, confidence and self-esteem. Group work for children working on peer relationships, confidence and self-esteem.
- Restorative Approaches – Staff use restorative techniques to help resolve conflict in the playground.
- ‘The Hive’ Lunchtime Provision– this is open to all; however, some children may be identified and encouraged to attend. This includes gardening, craft activities, board games, card games, outdoor games, role play, puppets and colouring in.
- Transition Support- this involves supporting children to transition into school, settling in, developing social and emotional skills.
- We are a ‘talking school’; we encourage our children to share their concerns at all times.
- Wellbeing questionnaires at the start of the school year and throughout the year. Within these surveys, children respond to questions related to feeling safe, how happy they are, what help they feel that they need at school. The outcomes of these surveys are then used to inform interventions and practice within the school to promote the voice of the children.
- ‘Worry eaters’ throughout Key Stage 1 & 2. These are monitored by teachers and any concerns passed on to the Pastoral Team.
- Student Council. Pupils are elected by their peers. Children are fully aware of the role of the elected school councillors and are encouraged to regularly bring their views and ideas to their Class Representatives.
- Children who need extra support at lunch times can find Miss McKnight or Mrs Boden or their Teaching Assistant on their playground as they are available at dinner times outside helping to supervise the children. This ensures that the social and emotional needs of vulnerable children are being addressed consistently.
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