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Pastoral Support

At Highgate Primary we want everyone involved with our school to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our pupils and their families.

Our Inclusion Team is made up of 12 dedicated professionals. This includes our Headteacher, SENCo, full time Pastoral Support Officer and team of therapists. Together the team works with students so they can lead fulfilling and balanced lives at school and beyond. All our staff model to students how to look after themselves and others; encouraging them to seek help or support or advice when they need it. Pastoral care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, students feel they belong and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.

Supporting the pastoral needs of pupils may involve working with external agencies. In these situations we ensure that a confidential, professional, non-judgemental and sensitive service is provided.

Highgate Primary’s Pastoral Support 2016-17

  • Range of academic interventions organised by the Inclusion Manager
  • Full time Pastoral Support for children and families
  • Team of Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Play therapist
  • Sport’s Coach and Mentor
  • Peer group work
  • Therapeutic art workshops
  • Read to Dogs (pets as Therapy) programme
  • Pastoral peer group, linking Blanche Neville and Highgate Primary

The Voice of the Child

Pastoral Annual Report 2015/16

Highgate Primary School understands the importance of enabling the voice of the child to be heard to promote safeguarding and well-being.

Below are the examples of what our school does:

  • Lunchtime self-referral drop in sessions with the Pastoral Team.
  • We are a ‘talking school’; we encourage our children to share their concerns at all times.
  • Questionnaires for Year 6. Within this survey children respond to questions related to feeling safe at school. The outcomes of these surveys are then used to inform interventions and practice within the school to promote the voice of the children.
  • Worry boxes in every class throughout Ks 1 and 2. These are monitored by teachers and the Pastoral Support Officer.
  • School Council. Pupils are elected by their peers. Children are fully aware of the role of the elected school councillors and are encouraged to regularly bring their views and ideas to their class representatives.
  • Peer mentors are very visible in the playground at play and lunch breaks. Peer mentors listen to children and facilitate activities within the playground in response to what children have asked for. Year 6 peer mentors are trained as talking buddies. Talking buddies support children who feel that they want to talk to someone about their playground related problems and concerns.
  • Children who have been identified as vulnerable are given a key worker at play and lunch times. This ensures that the social and emotional needs of vulnerable children are being addressed consistent.
  • An active Pastoral and Therapeutic Team to which children can be referred or self-refer
  • Staff training on how to provide a nurturing environment, in which children are taught to speak to members of staff about any problems they have.
  • Open door policies for all pupils with the Head teacher
  • Safeguarding awareness developed through PSHE
  • Displays around the school promoting wellbeing and providing opportunities to talk
  • Regular staff meetings to discuss welfare of specific pupils
  • Philosophy for Children throughout the curriculum
  • Weekly class Circle Times sessions
  • Secondary Transition groups
  • Students feel safe to report concerns about other students.
  • Weekly Therapeutic and Pastoral team meetings
  • Weekly safeguarding meeting
  • Strong partnership with parents
  • Termly Reviews
  • School E-Safety Team
  • School Green Council
  • Pupil voice for Annual Reviews and EHCP conversions
  • Nurture Groups run by the Therapeutic Team
  • Approximately 25 children seen on a weekly fixed term basis by the Therapeutic Team
  • Assemblies
  • Rigorous behaviour monitoring and looking for possible causes of the behaviour
  • Robust Inclusion Team consisting of 6 therapists, full time SENCo and Pastoral Support Officer
  • Therapeutic and Safeguarding books around the school