The safety and wellbeing of all our pupils is our primary concern at Pokesdown. The children are supported with their social and emotional development throughout the school day – in the curriculum, outside at play and through extra-curricular opportunities. Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) and the learning values of collaboration, spirituality and emotional intelligence are integral to our curriculum and they are taught explicitly.
The Pastoral Care Team (comprising the Headteacher, Special Educational Needs/ Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Deputy Head, Nurture Leader, Pastoral Support Worker and Emotional Learning Support Assistant (ELSA)) meets regularly to discuss the children in our school, ensuring appropriate provision is in place to support their well-being.
We are fortunate to have a nurture room, which is run by a very experienced teacher. Within this room we run a daily nurture group, social skills groups, drop-in sessions, nurture lunch, Theraplay groups and also offer ELSA, all of which support your child’s well-being if this is seen to be necessary.
We also have an Educational Social Worker, who works weekly in our school to support attendance; she works closely with families if attendance is proving to be an issue.
Our Nurture Leader is also our Parent Practitioner and you can contact her at any time if you have concerns regarding your child’s well-being. You can also discuss any needs with their class teacher, Teaching Assistant or SENDCo. If further support is needed with regards to the well-being of your child, we will seek support from outside agencies.
Our Mental Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy is fully understood and in place by all staff. Our Safeguarding Policy is updated in line with current guidance. Pupils’ views are important and a regular School Council takes place.
Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs and receive appropriate training if necessary. Children have individual care plans in place if needed.