At Blackhall Primary School, we are an inclusive school we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the Emotional and Social Development needs of SEND children are met. Staff understand the importance of Emotional and Social Development and aim to support and promote the emotional wellbeing of all children. On a daily basis, the class teacher is responsible for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact should further advice or support be required.
At Blackhall Primary the SENCO (Mrs Baker) and the Teaching and Learning Lead (Mrs Lowes) work with many children, parents and families to provide an additional layer of pastoral care. Mrs Baker is based in the Rainbow Room in the mornings and Mrs Lowes in the afternoons to provide support for children and their families with all aspects of home and school life. We have an open door policy and value our relationships with parents. Due to current circumstances (COVID-19 safety controls), staff are no longer available for a quick chat or short messages before or after school, but you are welcome to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher, Mrs Baker or Mrs Lowes by telephoning the school office, or send your question via the class email.
Blackhall Primary School has and maintains close links with agencies providing specialist expertise. In order to access the best professional advice, we also link with Local Authority and Private Providers of additional services, such as Occupational Therapy, CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. The Rainbow Room is available to hold multi-professional meetings in school so that parents are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join us easily, if it is appropriate.
As a school we have a very positive approach to all types of behaviour with a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and pupils called Class Dojo. The children are rewarded with green dojos for positive and kind behaviour and can be rewarded at the end of the week with certificates. To ensure that positive messages reach parents on a regular basis staff send a ‘Marvellous Me’. A great way to hear lots of wonderful things about your child is to download the app ‘Marvellous Me’.
‘MarvellousMe’ tells you about the wonderful things that your child is learning, and pings you when they have been praised for good work or a great character skill. It makes you smile, feel proud, and inspires better home learning support and encouragement. Your class teacher will issue you with a joining code when your child starts school.