At Middlestone Moor Primary School, we are an inclusive school we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the Emotional and Social Development needs of SEN children are met. Inspired by our strong values staff believe that high self-esteem 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.
At Middlestone Moor primary we work with the school community to support links with the wider community and local churches. We also offer opportunities for children to develop social and leadership skills through a range of Pupil groups. Our school councillors and Buddies and are always on hand to help in the playground – they will always be looking out for you and if you need them they will be wearing hi-vis buddy jackets.
Middlestone Moor Primary 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 two large meeting spaces 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 a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and pupils. Our “Good To Be Green,” system motivates pupils to make correct and responsible choices throughout the school day. To develop respect and good behaviour at our school we emphasise the positive approaches of praise, encouragement and reward. Our system of rewards and encouragement includes: –
- Praise by the teacher
- Praise from other members of the teaching and non-teaching staff
- Good effort stickers and occasionally other reward stickers.
- The awarding of individual and Family points, based on the respecting of rights.
- The awarding of “Family Star of the Week” certificates in weekly assembly time, given to children identified by staff or pupils as showing great respect to themselves or others.
- Informing parents of good behaviour via “Praise pads,” or letters/text messages sent home.
- Weekly Celebration assembly where awards for good learning and class star are allocated along with a fortnightly Head Teacher award where recipients receive a certificate and hot chocolate with our Head Teacher.
We place great importance on developing our children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We are an open, friendly school with an open door policy. We encourage parents and carers to log any concerns with staff on entry to school at the start of the school day so that important messages or concerns can be passed on to the class teacher promptly. We are always happy to speak with parents or carers over the telephone if this is more convenient. We hold regular parent meetings and encourage visits to the school. Our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship curriculum aims to address the relevant areas of our pupils’ social and emotional wellbeing through regular exploration and discussions of issues in class. Gem Power stickers are awarded to children who have applied their learning powers and who have demonstrated good learning attitudes in school according to our Gem Power philosophy.
We use CAMHS – The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, to support where necessary.
Our pupils are fully supported when transitioning from Year 6 to secondary school . Staff always accompany pupils when they visit their secondary school and members of the transition team liaise fully with staff and pupils from our school regularly across the summer term.