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Pastoral Information

Support for the well-being of children and families

Mr Adams, Mrs Shuttleworth, Mrs Job, Mrs Samateh and Mrs Wallis are all part of the pastoral team. At any point in time a child may experience difficulties which impact on their emotions, behaviour or capacity to learn. At Furzeham School we offer a range of support which is planned to help the child and their families. Please talk to one of the team or leave a message through the school office if you would like to talk to someone in confidence, in a caring, friendly environment.

THRIVE support 

This might be whole class, in small groups or on a 1-1 basis depending on the needs of the child/children.

We have a trained THRIVE practitioner in school and several staff who deliver the programme and a dedicated space to work in.  The THRIVE programme is designed to diagnose and create a plan to support children who have experienced  interruptions in their emotional development through practical fun activities which are shared with home as well as school.

MIND-UP

We are in the process of introducing some new and exciting, evidence based, social and emotional learning activities, which we are incorporating as part of our academic curriculum.  This is a whole school programme which uses current knowledge about neuroscience and how the brain works, to help children to develop positive attitudes, to themselves others and their learning.

In 15 lessons, Mind-up helps a child enhance their self-awareness, concentration abilities, problem solving skills, pro-social behaviours (helping, sharing, and cooperating), while exploring positive human qualities, such as happiness, optimism, and gratitude. We are excited about the potential this program holds for all of our children.

Early Help

We are able to support parents to access a wide range of services and groups in the local area. Some of the services offer practical help with such things as housing or financial advice, some offer contact points or groups to join with others of a similar interest or need and others signpost parents to lots more besides.

Bespoke pastoral programmes

These sessions are designed to support children and their families who are experiencing significant loss or trauma related to things that have happened outside school but are impacting on them emotionally. Each programme is chosen, designed or tweaked to meet the needs of the child.

SEAL Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

This programme is delivered as part of whole class Personal Social and Emotional sessions to small groups, during assemblies or in other appropriate ways dependent on the needs of the children.

Other activities and programmes are planned in specific circumstances and school staff are vigilant and pro-active in recognising and flagging up possible needs and for providing practical or emotional support on the spot or in class.

The school is part of the Best Practice Forum for working with parents and we endeavour to keep up to date with any new initiatives or ways to help our school community. Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

 

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