At Hamsterley Primary School, we believe it is important to develop the whole child, not just their academic ability.
We believe that children are entitled to:
• be involved in the planning of their own health care needs whenever possible
• establish a routine individually related to their needs and age.
We believe that parents are entitled to:
• Be consulted about their child’s personal care, to ensure that it is sensitive to the family’s culture and reflects their child’s needs.
• The reassurance that children will, whenever possible, receive personal care from the staff that know him/her best.
To support this we:
• Ensure children are provided with an Educational Support Plan where needed
• Have trained lunchtime supervisors who know the school well
• Ensure all of our staff and visitors are DBS checked and fully trained in all aspects of their role.
• Carry out social development programmes when appropriate for those children who require extra support.
• Put in place support for children at playtimes.
• Have a range of after school activities which promote healthy and safer lifestyles.
• We work closely with other professionals, both in-school staff, the school nurse, outside agencies and parents/carers to support all public health and medical needs within the school.
• We are able to meet with parents/carers to discuss any concerns within a confidential and supportive environment.
• We ensure staff receive up to date training and we seek advice from the relevant professionals to meet a family’s needs. Most members of staff are fully trained paediatric first aiders.
• We can arrange school nurse involvement and drop in sessions for parents/carers.
• We can produce Care Plans for those children who have complex additional needs.
• We support children with additional Speech and Language needs by working in small groups, on a 1:1 basis or by involving speech and language professionals who regularly work with identified children in school.
Social and Emotional support
We place great important on promoting and supporting a child’s positive social and emotional well-being.
We use CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) where necessary.
All staff on duty support children during playtimes, encouraging positive behaviour and making sure everyone has someone to play with. As a Rights Respecting School, children know they have a right to play, and a responsibility to care for others in their play.
We hold regular parents evenings.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.