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Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Jesus said:

 ".... love your neighbour as you love yourself."

Luke Ch. 10 v.27

General Principles

  • We have high, but not unrealistic, expectations for standards of behaviour. We aim for a relaxed environment but with strong, safe, clear behaviour expectations and boundaries.
  • We have a very positive school ethos, paying as much attention to good behaviour as we do to inappropriate behaviour.
  • When unacceptable behaviour is identified we make clear to the child that it is the behaviour we dislike not the child. Our approach is to ask the child three questions:
    1. ‘What happened?' (encouraging an honest response even if they have done something wrong)
    2. ‘What are you going to do to put things right?' (encouraging a sense of responsibility)
    3. ‘How are you going to ensure that this does not happen again?' (accountability - it is not an option for the inappropriate behaviour to become a habit)
  • We expect all adults to behave courteously towards each other and all of the children on site, setting a good example.
  • Children are expected to behave courteously towards each other and to show respect, at all times, towards every adult in the school. Fighting/kicking/pushing are strictly forbidden.
  • Class teachers work with the children at the start of each academic year to devise their own class rules and principles, in accordance with this policy and give due regard to the rights detailed below, to ensure that their classrooms function efficiently and to ensure the welfare and maximum attainment of all the children.

 Everyone has the following rights and responsibilities

I have a right:

I have a responsibility

 

to be treated with respect and kindness.

 

This means that nobody will laugh at me, ignore me, or hurt my feelings.

to treat others with respect and kindness.

This means I will not laugh at anyone, hurt or ignore them.

 

to be an individual in this school.

 

This means that nobody will treat me unfairly because e.g. of my interest, or that I'm boy or girl, fat or thin, fast or slow.

to treat everyone in the school as an individual in the school.

That means I will not treat anyone unfairly because of their interests, or that they are a boy or girl, fat or thin, fast or slow.

to be safe in this school.

This means no-one will, hit me, kick me, push me, taunt me with words or hurt me in any way.

to make sure everyone is safe in this school.

That means I will not hit, kick. push, taunt or hurt anyone in any way.

to be listened to, and to express my opinions at an appropriate time and in an appropriate way.

to listen to others when they express their opinions at an appropriate time and in an appropriate way.

to be valued and respected for my individual strengths and weaknesses.

to value and respect everyone for their individual strengths and weaknesses


Bullying

Bullying is not tolerated under any circumstances.

If a child is bullied:

  • S/he is advised to say that s/he does not like the bullying behaviour.
  • If it does not stop immediately the child must tell an adult who will help them.
  • Staff always treat reports of bullying seriously.

All incidents of bullying are referred to the Headteacher who will contact the parents of both parties involved to advise them of the action taken to stop the bullying behaviour and prevent its reoccurrence.

Pupils are regularly reminded not to ignore or condone any behaviour they know is distressing another child.


SEAL Programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)

Since September 2008 the school has being using the DCSF SEAL programme to support our work in developing children’s skills in social and emotional aspects of learning. We believe that to be able to learn your children need to be happy, confident, understand themselves, understand their feelings and know how to get on with each other and make friends.

The curriculum materials consist of seven themes, which are designed to fit within the pattern of the school year and with planning across the curriculum.

The seven themes are:

Theme 1: New beginnings

Theme 2: Getting on and falling out

Theme 3: Say no to bullying

Theme 4: Going for goals!

Theme 5: Good to be me

Theme 6: Relationships

Theme 7: Changes

Each theme starts with an assembly and is followed up in class with activities, discussions and small group work. Optional activities are also sent home for you to follow up with your child, if you wish. These will help your children to tell you about what they have been doing, suggest some things to do together and provide some ideas for you to try out in your family. Each theme ends with a special assembly which celebrates the key learning in each class. We expect this work to be emotionally challenging and therefore recognise that it may bring out difficult and sensitive issues. Staff are prepared for this. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need to let us know of changes or losses that your child has experienced so that we can be sensitive and work together in partnership to help develop your child in this important area of personal development.


Child Protection under the Children’s Act 2002

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

The designated  person for Child Protection is Mrs Alison Evans, Headteacher. 

 Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

 Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the Designated Person for Child Protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.’


Health

Please do not send your child to school if s/he is unwell.

Exclusion times for contagious illness:

Chicken Pox 6 days from onset of rash
German Measles 4 days from onset of rash
Measles 7 days from onset of rash
Mumps Until swelling has subsided
Streptococcal Infection Until appropriate treatment has been given
Whooping Cough 21 days from onset of paroxysmal cough
Sickness and diarrhoea 48 hours after last attack (This is very important to eliminate the virus from the school.)

Emergencies

If children become unwell in school or have an accident we attempt to inform parents as quickly as possible.  In the event of a serious mishap requiring hospital attention we take the child directly to Addenbrooke's Hospital Accident Service.  In such cases, parents are asked to meet us there.

A register of emergency addresses is kept in school and parents are requested to assist by keeping the school informed of changes in contact numbers.

Asthma

A copy of the school's Asthma Policy is available on request.  We take our responsibility to pupils with asthma very seriously and seek to work with parents to ensure that this condition is properly managed without being detrimental to the child's progress and happiness in school.  Most children will be responsible for their own asthma medication and keep it with them at all times.

Medicines

If a child’s doctor has advised that attendance at school is appropriate, the school secretary will administer most prescribed medication provided that permission and full written instructions are given by the child’s parent.


Sex Education

Section 241 of the Education Act of 1993 requires the governing bodies of maintained primary schools to consider whether and at what stage to offer sex education.  They are required to keep an up-to-date written statement of the policy they choose to adopt which must be available to all parents.

The Governors of Shelford School have elected to offer sex education to their pupils and this statement outlines the form that this teaching will take.

Co-operation with Parents

The prime responsibility for bringing up children, including preparation for adolescence and adulthood, rests with parents.  It is hoped that the teaching the school offers will be complementary to and supportive of this parental role.

Parents of children in Years 5 and 6 will be contacted in advance of the commencement of the topic containing the elements of sex education outlined.

Parents will also be given the opportunity to see the materials to be used, including extracts from the video 'Living and Growing'.  They will also be able to ask questions and comment on the school's policy and the content and presentation of the programme of education.

The right of withdrawal

Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 gives the parents the right to withdraw their children from any or all parts of a school's programme of sex education, other than those elements which are required by the National Curriculum for Science.   It is hoped that the above measures taken to consult parents will render exercise of this right unnecessary.

Children who are withdrawn will be supervised in another class while continuing with other areas of their studies.

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