Wellbeing at Gunter
Support for pupils at Gunter is determined by the layer of need required:
Specialist and/or complex
All pupils who attend GPS are entitled to, and will have access to, the following care to support their personal development:
Learning mentor and safe space drop in
All staff trained in identifying difficulties and taking action under our Early Hep offer.
Visitors to enhance our provision, e.g. PCSO input on road safety; Metro Bank input on being financially responsible
Class assemblies and circle time allow for discussion on relevant issues – including reflection on events around the world that may be affecting pupils
Promotion and celebration of Gunter Values through daily VIP and weekly celebration assembly
We are a Rights Respecting School (bronze)
Access to School Council and RRA Steering Group to raise concerns or suggestions about school
Promotion of the No Outsiders ethos through books studies in class
Thought of the week
Skills Builder project weeks to practise core employability strategies
Rigorous attendance policies and procedures which support children to attend school, on time, every day
Reflection room open every lunchtime with teaching staff supervision
Free breakfast club
Visible staff before and after school, promoting positive parent relationships
CPOMs online record to log all actions and responses regarding safeguarding, to ensure accurate trail and accountability
Vulnerable list maintained and edited by DSLs at least half termly
Concerns folder and clear escalation route for disclosures by any adult working in school
Four trained DSLs, with at least two on site at any one time.
‘No shouting’ approach to discipline
When pupils start at Gunter in reception class, they are baselined on the characteristics of Effective Learning and Prime areas, in order to plan learning opportunities and move children on at the correct pace
Curriculum is delivered via termly topics, developed with input from all stakeholders.
Pupil and parent questionnaires allow for children to give their view on how well school are doing
Designated Teacher for CiC is supported by the learning mentor and DSL, all trained on current best practise
Play leaders encourage social skills development between pupils during unstructured time
Sports Apprentice works with pupils every lunchtime to support effective competitive play.
Admitting over PAN if family are vulnerable
If, as a result of observations, a notice of concern, or Early Help processes, a child or family are identified as needing further support, GPS offers:
Observation by the SEND Coordinator to determine if referral for additional evaluation is required (EP, PSS, School nurse)
Use of Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire or simper to determine triggers and possible causes
Use of Individual Behaviour Support plan in line with Behaviour policy
Notice of Concern form for staff to log any safeguarding disclosures
Support plan created if appropriate to ensure all staff working with a child are aware of their additional needs and can track impact
Advice sought from City of Birmingham School (PRU) or Beacon Behaviour Support, including observation of pupils, discussion with class based staff, meeting with parents, and subsequent review of progress.
Home visits by the learning mentor and DSL if requested or required
Contact with CASS to seek advice and escalate concerns if necessary
Intervention groups offered include social skills, transition support, emotion coaching, anger management
Signposting to local Children’s Centre for family support services
Nurture group every morning for those children who find coming into school an anxious time
1-1 sessions with Learning Mentor following referral by any member of staff
Wise 2 class sessions on healthy relationships and peer pressure
Signposting to Pause/Forward Thinking Birmingham
Regular contact with School Nurse if any health concerns
Attendance at CIN and CP core group meetings by HT or DSL
Half termly DSL meetings to share relevant pupil info and review concerns folders.
Attendance at CPC by HT
Referral to Pause/Forward Thinking Birmingham
Referral to local Children’s Centre for family support services
Request for Support submitted to CASS where statutory intervention required
FIB submitted to police where concerns regarding criminal activity
City of Birmingham School referral for 6 week social skills sessions or 12 week full time provision
1-1 allocated staff member
Pupils with SEN are encouraged to be part of the School Council and Rights Respecting Steering Group.
Pupils with SEN are also encouraged to be part of the Sports Council and Play Leaders groups to promote teamwork/building friendships etc.
We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying.
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