At Annfield Plain Junior 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 SEN children are met. Our school is a Rights Respecting school and staff believe that high self-esteem is crucial 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 is required.
At Annfield Plain Junior School, we work closely with specialist counsellors and the Behaviour Support team, who work with many children, parents and families to provide an additional layer of pastoral care. Activities include therapeutic stories and Lego therapy.
Annfield Plain Junior School has and maintains close links with External Partnerships; 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. We have a large meeting space and often 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: Great to be green. The children are rewarded with stickers for positive and kind behaviour and can be awarded at the end of the half term with certificates.
We also work on “Bobby Brain’s Magic Habits For Life” which teaches the children to show Motivation, Attitude, Gumption, I-can attitude and Communication. These themes are addressed through regular assemblies, lessons in class and through our weekly Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons.