Support for Emotional & Social Development
At St Francis, we are an inclusive school we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the Emotional and Social Development needs of SEND children are met. Inspired by Christian values staff believe that high self-esteem, resilience and a growth-mindset is crucial and aim to support and promote the emotional wellbeing 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.
Miss Mason, our Positive Future’s Worker, works in all of the classes, with children individually or in groups and with families. She is available at the school gate at the beginning and end of school and will happily meet with parents to discuss their children. Through working with a range of agencies, she can provide advice about support groups and resources available in the community and has recently set up an Autism Coffee Afternoon.
St Francis CofE (Aided) Junior School has and maintains close links with External Partnerships; In order to access the best professional advice, we also link 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 have a large meeting space and often hold multi-professional meetings in school so that parents are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join us easily, if it is appropriate.
As a school we have a very positive approach to all types of behaviour, with clear, consistent rules, boundaries and expectations (See Behaviour Policy). Desirable behaviours are rewarded with House Points, role model jobs and peer led ‘Outstanding Pupil’ nominations. Outstanding Pupils are awarded a pin bade and Miss Mason shop token at the half-termly assembly.