The welfare of the children is paramount.
The safety and wellbeing of the children is the most important responsibility of the school. Emersons Green Primary School recognises its responsibility to care for children and take appropriate action in case of suspected or reported child abuse.
Key systems for ensuring children are kept safe:
Who can I talk to?
The school has a designated senior staff member responsible for co-ordinated action in cases of child protection both within and outside of the school.
The designated child protection lead is:
Mr Karl Hemmings (Headteacher)
All staff, parents and visitors are to be aware of this person’s name and report concerns to him.
In the absence of the Head, the deputy designated child protection lead is:
Mrs Soraya Young (Deputy Headteacher)
In the absence of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, the most senior member of staff assumes this role.
There is a governor who oversees and monitors Safeguarding in the school:
Mrs Jo Bishop
The school will ensure there is a clear system of communication for channelling concerns and that there are no barriers to this communication.
All staff will read and follow Keeping-children-safe-in-education. In addition, the school follows the guidelines set out by the South Gloucestershire Children’s board – http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/safeguarding/
Good behaviour is that which conforms to the reasonable expectations and requirements of the school and is based on the need for physical safety, feelings of security and considering the needs and feelings of others – ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’.
This can best be achieved in the framework of a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere in which children are able to give of their best in all school life, as well as to be encouraged and stimulated to fulfil their potential.
The aims and values of the school have been agreed by staff, governors, parents and pupils and are reviewed annually. These underpin all our policies. The 7 school values are:
Kindness, Enthusiasm, Respect, Inclusivity, Perseverance, Curiosity, Creativity
All members of the school community are expected to model and communicate these values through their behaviour. Demonstration of these values in children is directly linked to reward systems in school.
At Emersons Green Primary school we operate under a ‘no-blame’ approach to discipline and behaviour, not making judgements about behaviour incidents or individual pupils, but instead consistently following the behaviour policy. We recognise that everyone makes the wrong choices at some time in their lives and believe that any effective behaviour system must be based on teaching children to learn from their mistakes and therefore become better citizens over time.
At Emersons Green we believe that positive behaviour should be the outcomes of positive, consistent and defined relationships between staff and pupils.
Our three rules are that everyone will be:
All conversations with children about conduct will refer back to these 3 rules. We have spent time discussing what each of these means in different contexts, so the children and adults in school are as clear as possible about what is expected.
Recognition of good behaviour and rewards are an essential part of our approach to behaviour. Staff will be making it their priority to recognise, praise and reward those children meeting expectations. Rewards will be in the form of:
We all know that managing and improving behaviour is a learning process. Some children find this more challenging and will need more support. At Emersons Green Primary School, we will ensure that the correct support is in place for those children who need it, so they can come to school successfully and are able to learn.