SEND information report Q6
6. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
All our staff provide pastoral support as the need arises, and pupils are encouraged to talk to any member of staff with whom they feel comfortable.
All pupils are supported with their social and emotional development through our PSHCE (personal, social, health, citizenship and emotional) curriculum, through which we explore our school values. Themes and activities are shared through class lessons, circle times, extended activities, interventions, assemblies and projects.
Over the last two years we have introduced 'Friends for Life' and 'Fun Friends' - programmes for Key Stages 1 and 2, designed to strengthen resilience and emotional well being and help children deal effectively with challenges in life. This has proven highly popular with the children and successful in achieving these aims.
We also have a range of specific additional programmes, run by specially trained staff, to help support particular aspects of well-being and address emotional needs. These include:
- Two Teaching Assistants trained as Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) who work with children identified as benefitting from weekly emotional support sessions.
- These staff members and other members of the support staff are trained to deliver a range of therapeutic programmes such as ‘Draw and Talk’ and 'Lego Therapy'
- We have a dedicate nurture space 'Butterflies' to support emotional well being in a range of place. various activities and interventions take place here as well as being used to support happy playtimes.
- The local Behaviour Support Service has supported us in developing programmes such as social skills therapies through play, for younger children.
- A range of social skills group sessions, are provided by trained support staff
- We are supported by a range of Local Authority Services in supporting social and emotional well-being, including the Education Welfare Officer and the Family Advice and Support Service (FASS) and the Families Apart organisation (see also section 6)
- An ongoing priority at Malden Manor involves staff developing higher level expertise in supporting emotional health and well-being, through development of a structured approach to supporting pupils with behavioural, learning & emotional literacy. This professional and whole school development opportunity is facilitated by an Educational Psychologist and Counsellor and supports the school’s aim of increasing capacity to offer children specialist support to promote emotional well-being in-school, with longer lasting impact on positive pupil behaviour, emotional health & learning.
- Our Behaviour Policy provides clear guidance on expectations, rewards and sanctions and is fully implemented throughout the school, managed by our Positive Behaviour Leader who supports staff, groups of children and individuals
- Two lunchtime supervisors lead in ‘productive play’ and run lunchtime nurture groups.
- Our infant and junior school council ensures the views of pupils are heard and actioned upon.
- We work closely with our children’s centre (Old Malden Children’s Centre) to provide support for families and run a range of programmes, including Family Learning and parenting programmes.