Pastoral and Intervention
At Mary Elton, we believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing and supporting the individual needs of each child. We strive to ensure that the support our children and families may need is recognised and implemented, whether it originates from home or school. We support a range of children who are having emotional difficulties in order to remove barriers to learning and maximise their social and emotional well-being. Interventions are monitored for effectiveness enabling us to make long term impacts and so optimise outcomes.
All staff model to our pupils how to look after themselves and others by encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it. We ensure that we use our behaviour values of being ready, respectful and safe to support these conversations.
We provide a range of interventions to support emotional well-being. This is not an exhaustive list and we will endeavour to work with families and our children to find appropriate support.
- A quiet nurturing room for children to feel safe and secure in and provide time out
- A lunchtime club with our Learning Mentor
- Support for children and parents/carers in the playground at the beginning of the school day.
- Liaison by the Learning Mentor with teachers and check-ins for children needing support
- 1-1 sessions with identified vulnerable children
- Check ins with our pupil premium children
- In class support
- Social groups (social and emotional needs, behaviour and friendships)
- Social Detective skills group
- Superflex groups and 1:1 work - A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum: A fun and motivating way to explore social thinking behaviour
- Worry boxes in each class for children to raise any worries or concerns.
- Pets as Therapy ‘Read2Dogs’ programme
- 1-1 Play Therapy and Counselling
- Lego Therapy
- Jigsaw PSHE scheme – which promotes wellbeing
- Jigsaw coffee mornings
- A range of academic interventions organised by the Inclusion Manager
- A School 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
- Pupil Leadership opportunities
- The identification and support of a specific group of children - our OSI group
- CSPD for staff that is tailored to the needs of our school and pupils
- The support of outside agencies
Interventions are monitored and recorded for effectiveness. We are a learning organisation and share what we have found to be effective practice. Transition to the next stage in a child’s educational and social journey is optimised.