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Balksbury Pastoral Team Members

MrsSanderson: Federated Pastoral Team Lead - Behaviour and Welfare, PSHE, RE, SMSC, British Values

Mrs Farrell: Federated Pastoral Team Lead - Behaviour and Welfare, PSHE, RE, SMSC, British Values

Miss Bodinham: Lead DSL & SENDCo

Mrs Holloway: DSL & SMSC and British Values through Leadership Assemblies

Mr Coombs: DSL & SMSC and British Values through Leadership Assemblies

Miss Thompson: DSL & SMSC and British Values through Leadership Assemblies

Mrs Young: Federated Pastoral Team member - Behaviour and Welfare, PSHE, RE, SMSC, British Values & Federated School Council

Mrs Wright: Federated Pastoral Team member - Behaviour and Welfare, PSHE, RE, SMSC, British Values

Mrs Davies: Federated Pastoral Team member - Behaviour and Welfare, PSHE, RE, SMSC, British Values

Mrs Grinham: Balksbury Community Pastoral Support (child, family and community), DSL, Staff Wellbeing Champion

Mrs Hunt: Balksbury Community Pastoral Support (child, family and community), DSL, Staff Wellbeing Champion

 

 

Balksbury Pastoral Team Statement

 

 

Balksbury Pastoral Team's overall key aims

  • To sustain a Federation where our children feel safe and secure and can grow within their Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) wellbeing, supporting them both inside and outside the classroom
  • To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect on our Learning Values and Code Of Conduct
  • To support the promotion of British Values
  • To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support
  • To champion staff wellbeing (led by Mrs Grinham and Mrs Hunt)

 

 

At Balksbury Federation we want everyone involved within our two schools to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our children and their families. Our Balksbury Pastoral Team is made up of dedicated professionals. Together our team works with our children so they can lead fulfilling and balanced lives at school and beyond. All our staff model to children positive values including how to look after themselves and others, encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it.

 

Pastoral care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, children feel they belong and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.

 

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

 

The voice of our children as Balksbury Citizens

Balksbury Federation understands the importance of enabling the voice of the child to be heard to promote safeguarding and well-being.

Examples of the Balksbury Pastoral Team’s work include:

  • Lunchtime self-referral drop-in sessions to talk to the Pastoral Team
  • Encouraging children to be part of a  ‘talking Federation’ – we want our children to share their concerns at all times
  • An annual pupil questionnaire. Within this survey children respond to questions related to feeling safe at school/within the federation. The outcomes of these surveys are then used to inform interventions and practice within the federation to promote the voice of the children
  • Answering concerns from federated Worry boxes situated by both offices
  • A Federated School Council. Representatives 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
  • Supporting Junior Peer Mentors within Year 2 and Year 4 are elected each term and are visible (wearing red hi viz) on the playground at play and lunch breaks. These peer mentors are trained to listen to children and facilitate activities within the playground in response to what children have asked for
  • Supporting children who have been identified as vulnerable.  The Pastoral Team will facilitate a Key Worker at play and lunch times.  This ensures that the social and emotional needs of vulnerable children are being addressed consistently

 

Support for Parents:

Examples of the Balksbury Pastoral Team’s work include:

  • Providing a drop in for family support to talk to a Community Pastoral Support Lead
  • Providing joint parent and child support sessions for support with school life
  • Ensuring parents know that the Leadership Team (Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers) has an open door policy for parents
  • SENDCo support for parents
  • Transition support: entry into Year R, Year 2 to Year 3 and Year 6 to Year 7
  • Relevant links on the parent section of the website that signpost support

 

For Staff

Examples of the Balksbury Pastoral Team’s work include:

  • Staff Wellbeing Champions who coordinate the federation's approach to staff wellbeing and ensures it remains on the agenda (Mrs Grinham and Mrs Hunt)
  • The Leadership Team (Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers) continually seeking ways of reducing workload through evaluation and reviewing practice and policy
  • The Leadership Team providing an open door policy for opportunities for staff to talk
  • The Leadership Team endeavouring to ensure that staff rooms are as comfortable as possible for break times, but also ensure a private space is provided for any individual who needs a moment of timeout space
  • The Leadership Team providing 'shout out spaces' in staff rooms where anybody (All staff, Governors, including parent messages) can thank a colleague for their work or support. This space will also be used to display photos of fun times working together
  • The Leadership Team providing key dedicated time within each term for reflection stops, or get together for social wellbeing 'coffee, cake and catch-up time' (CCC Time) 
  • The Leadership Team 'signposting’ staff to outside services for appropriate provision and support
  • Ensure that staff have the Kaarp login for Hampshire staff discounts and benefits
  • Supporting staff who are returning to work from extended absence or managing health conditions with mutually agreed Occupational Health referrals
  • The Leadership providing supervision opportunities for staff when supporting children experiencing complex issues (including safeguarding, mental health and behaviour)
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