Support for Emotional and Social Development

At Tudhoe Colliery Primary we consult with a wide range of external agencies and we maintain a close working relationship in order to access the best professional advice and to ensure the emotional and social development needs of SEND children are met.  When children are in Year 6 they receive Resilience training to support them through SATs and Transition. We also work closely with the Local Authority and Private Providers of additional services, such as Educational Psychologists, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. We try to hold multi-professional meetings in school so that parents can access easily and are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join, if it is appropriate.

We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity. All staff believe that children having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s well-being. We have a caring, understanding team looking after our children. The class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required the class teacher liaises with the SENDCO for further advice and support.

We, at Tudhoe Colliery Primary, believe that the most important part of behaviour management, is developing positive relationships with pupils, parents and carers. We strive to work in partnership with parents and carers, and share success and praise. We believe in developing classroom environments, to encourage positive behaviours, establishing rules and routines, and setting clear boundaries. We believe in rewarding positive behaviours to motivate children and we use sanctions consistently, when negative behaviour is displayed.

Attendance of every child is monitored on a daily basis. Lateness and absence are recorded (with reasons) and reported upon to the Head Teacher. Where attendance becomes an issue, we seek support from the Enforcement Team.

When it is felt that additional support or intervention is necessary to support a child’s social or emotional development then we can offer:

  • A school with caring and dedicated staff.
  • Working with Arthur, our trainee Therapy Dog (see school dog section)
  • A curriculum and school ethos that has children’s social and emotional well-being at the heart of it.
  • A member of staff trained to deliver ‘Relax Kids’ therapeutic intervention
  • Access to a counselling service for high levels of need 
  • Close liaison with external services where referrals for specialist advice can be made..
  • Assembly themes that focus on social and emotional well-being of all, including visiting speakers to cover themes such as Anti-bullying.
  • Participating in National Events such as Anti – bullying week and follow up activities to ensure that we have an anti-bullying culture in school.
  • A behaviour system and a reward system that encourages children to be kind, caring and considerate to others.
  • Butterwick Hospice – bereavement emotional needs of children.
  • No Worries – to support children with anxiety.

Please also see ‘Pastoral, Medical and Social Support