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.
We 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), Piece of Mind Team (previously known as Mental Health Support Team), School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. We often hold multi-professional meetings in school (or virtually due to the pandemic) so that parents are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join us easily, if it is appropriate.
Piece of Mind Team
(previously named Mental Health Support Team)
We are pleased to share that we are working alongside the Piece of Mind Team (previously Mental Health Support Team). The Piece of Mind Team offer early help to children and young people who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as anxiety and/or low mood. We have attached a leaflet that explains the role of the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) within the team and the support they can offer.
As well as working directly with children and young people, the team offer advice and guidance to staff members, parents and other professionals.
If you feel your child would benefit from support from support from the Piece of Mind Team or you would like additional information about the team, please contact Miss Dobson (Mental Health Lead) or Mrs Jackson (Head Teacher) to discuss further.
We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity and this year are proud to have become a Gold Award Educate and Celebrate school. All staff believe that children having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s wellbeing. We have a caring, understanding team supporting our children in school. 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 are generated for Head Teacher scrutiny. We encourage 100% attendance through an incentive scheme. We currently (Spring 2022) are running an attendance reward challenge where the class receives £10 (to spend on a reward of their choice, voted for democratically) once they have filled their marble jar. They move a marble into the jar for every day that they attend school. Where attendance becomes an issue, we seek support from the Local Authority.
Our Buddies (who are also our Wellbeing Champions) 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 Miss James who leads the weekly Buddy meetings.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
In autumn 2020, we signed up to work towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. We are very proud to have been awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools in December 2021.
The award report outlines that ‘the wellbeing of all is one of the central principles of the school and there is a commitment to support wellbeing across the whole school community‘. It goes on further to state that ‘leaders have developed a culture throughout the whole school which is supportive both of staff, pupils and their wider family‘ and that the ‘the school learning environment, both internally and externally, has been developed to support and promote the wellbeing of all: there is a very warm and nurturing atmosphere.’
Please take the time to read our Wellbeing Award for Schools Report – we are very proud of it!