We intend to operate smaller groups for English and Mathematics by using a mix of senior staff, additional support and intervention staff, and teaching assistants to provide the additional resources that will ensure we meet the needs of all pupils. There will also be some whole-school approaches. We will introduce:
- A buddying system, where older children support our new arrivals or those who are feeling vulnerable. They will be trained, and have support from staff.
- A friendship bench, where those in need of a chat, or a friend, can sit and a trained buddy (or indeed any child) will come and join them to talk about what is worrying them.
- A restorative justice approach to deal with situations where there is disagreement or where problems occur.
- An elected school council which will give pupils a real voice in the way the school is run from day to day.
Our pastoral support arrangements will be supplemented by a wide-ranging personal, social and health education programme and the use of ‘Circle Time’ as part of the curriculum so that important issues and messages can be shared, particularly reinforcing good patterns of behaviour and work.
We will ensure all safeguarding arrangements are fully in place.