At Tow Law Millennium Primary School we consult with a wide range of external agencies and we maintain close partnerships in order to access the best professional advice and to ensure the emotional and social development needs of SEN children are met.
Our Buddies wear a yellow sweatshirt so they are easily identified and there are also Buddy benches in the playgrounds telling children there is help available. They are there to support any pupils who are having friendship issues and if the Buddies have concerns they would pass this onto Mrs Jackson who leads the weekly Buddy meetings. We are part of The Durham Resilience Project and are working with all staff and pupils to assess, plan, improve and review our whole school approach to resilience. We also work closely with the Local Authority and Private Providers of additional services, such as Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapy, CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. We 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.
We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity and this year are proud to have become an Educate and Celebrate school. 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 SENCO for further advice and support.
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.
Attendance of every child is monitored on a daily basis. Lateness and absence are recorded using our electronic register and Inventry signing in system and reports generated for HT scrutiny. We encourage 100% attendance through an incentive scheme. We award children with vouchers termly for 100% attendance. Where attendance becomes an issue, we seek support from the Local Authority.