At Wallace Fields Junior School we work hard to ensure the children are stimulated, happy and safe and we take their emotional as well as academic development very seriously.
Small problems can become much larger in the minds of children if they are not helped. Please support us by reminding your child that they must talk to a member of staff if something makes them unhappy during the school day. Each classroom has a SEAL boxes or ‘mood boxes’ where children can indicate how they feel on a day to day basis. An adult will talk to them if they place their card in the Amber slot. Red is for a child unhappy but not wanting to talk to an adult about it and the green slot is to indicate that they feel fine. The box is checked every day and if your child indicates they would like to talk to someone then this will be made possible during the day. Talk to your child’s teacher as soon as possible if you are aware that your child is worried about anything. The school has an experienced ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who is available by arrangement to support children experiencing emotional difficulties which are affecting their ability to learn and thrive at school.
We are trialling a peer mentoring scheme during two lunchtimes per week to provide extra support for younger children. A few Year 6 volunteers have been trained to act as peer mentors to support children with any small worries or concerns. Children are able to book a slot in a book which is on a table just outside the Deputy Head’s office in the corner of the hall. All information is treated as confidential and only escalated to a higher level when deemed necessary.
Our anti-bullying policy is to ensure that children learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be taken seriously and recorded and dealt with as soon as possible by the member of staff who has been approached. If deemed to be bullying, the teacher responsible will speak to the pupils involved. If the matter can be resolved in school without the need for parental contact then this will be done and monitored by appropriate member of staff, teacher responsible, the Deputy Head and Head teacher. It may be decided that parents should be informed immediately and this will be done by the Deputy Head or Head teacher. A written copy of events will be kept and this will be updated until the situation has been resolved. For our full anti-bullying policy see online policies
Medicine is only administered in accordance with the school’s policy. Please discuss any medical needs with the Head teacher / Deputy Head teacher or Office Staff.
Any concerns about a child’s welfare are taken extremely seriously and all staff and volunteers are aware of our child protection policy and procedures. If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders (Mrs Andrea Day, Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Corrine King, SENCo) as soon as possible the same day. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her Parents/Carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.