Pastoral Care and Discipline

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Children’s Welfare

The class teacher, who knows each child well, is responsible for the care of the children in their class. Children are supervised before and after school and during breaks. The support staff attend to sick or injured children and parents are contacted in cases where it is judged to be desirable.

Our first priority is your child’s welfare and, therefore, there may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. If your child experiences any event which may cause concern, please let the school know to prevent misunderstanding. If you would like to know more about this procedure, please ask the Headteacher.

The Educational Welfare Officer visits the school regularly. In addition to monitoring attendance and punctuality, she acts as a liaison officer between school and parents.

Child Protection

As a caring school with direct responsibility for the children, our first concern is the welfare of the child. There may be times when we have to contact other agencies before contacting parents, especially with reference to Child Protection concerns. There is a legal duty upon schools to do so and the procedures have been laid down by the Essex Area Child Protection Committee.

Please be assured that if we do have to contact another agency, parents will also be informed. If you need any additional information, please speak to the Headteacher.

Anti-Bullying Statement

We believe that bullying must be tackled because:

  • Bullying is wrong.
  • Bullying makes children unhappy.
  • Children who are being bullied are unlikely to concentrate fully on their school work.
  • Some children avoid being bullied by not going to school.
  • Children who observe unchallenged bullying behaviour are likely to copy this anti-social behaviour.

What is bullying?

It is deliberately, unprovoked, hurtful behaviour by a group of children or an individual. It is repeated often over a period of time.

What bullying is not

A single instance of aggression is not bullying. Nor is it bullying when two children of equal size and power fall out. Aggression becomes bullying where a group of children exercise power over an individual or a strong child exercises power over weaker children.

Kinds of bullying

Bullying can take many forms. Three of them are:

  • Physical – hitting, kicking, taking or hiding belongings.
  • Verbal – name-calling, insulting, racist, sexist or homophobic remarks.
  • Cyber—unpleasantness using the Internet and technology.

Our response to bullying

Parents are encouraged to report any instances of bullying or suspected bullying. When they do so their concerns are treated seriously, investigated and the results reported back to them. If the concerns are justified, they are asked to stress to their child the need in the future to report bullying to the class teacher or other member of staff, so that it can be dealt with as soon as it arises.

Children are told that they should report any aggressive incident to a member of staff, preferably at a time when other children are not present (e.g., at the end of a session). Some parents tell their children to retaliate if they are hurt. A minority of children may also hear homophobic, sexist or racist language at home. Both children and parents need to know that bullying behaviour is not acceptable and that there will be sanctions appropriate for the incident. If children are involved in bullying incidents, their parents are informed so that the cause of the problem can be discussed and parents and staff can work together to eliminate the bullying behaviour. We record any incidents of bullying and this enables us to monitor children who are regularly victims or aggressors and to tackle the causes of this.