At Langar Primary School we believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing and supporting the individual needs of each child and where appropriate the parent also.
The Pastoral Lead ensures that the emotional difficulties and general well-being are supported so that barriers to learning can be addressed and strategies implemented.
We aim to develop positive relationships with children and their families, responding quickly as possible to any issues to ensure difficulties are discussed and resolved.
We provide a range of interventions to support emotional well- being;
Working with families to make sure attendance is good
Liaising with parents/carers and with outside agencies to best meet children’s needs
A quiet nurturing room for children to feel safe and secure, to calm down or have time out.
Support the children and parents in the playground at the beginning of the school day.
Liaise with teachers and check at the beginning of each day for children needing support.
1-1 ELSA sessions with identified vulnerable children.
Social groups (social and emotional needs, behaviour, friendships)
Worry boxes in each class for children to raise any worries or concerns.
1-1 Play Therapy and Counselling
Recognising achievements and celebrating success in and out of school
The following websites provide information for parents on an assortment of issues concerning children and young people.
Nottinghamshire County Council have some amazing courses for parents who find themselves in need of some help with regards to their relationships. Please see below some flyers that could point you in the right direction, these can be found in the Parent Support section.
What is ELSA?
In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
Loss and bereavement
How does ELSA work?
Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher or on occasion the SENCo. Every half term Mrs George meets with the class teacher to discuss the referral forms and to identify and prioritise which children require a weekly programme for the next 6-8 weeks. With the programme aims in mind Mrs George then plans support sessions to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively.
Supporting - not fixing
Remember, ELSAs are not there to fix children's problems, but to provide emotional support.
An ELSA aims to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings.
It needs to be appreciated that change cannot necessarily be achieved rapidly and is dependent upon the context and complexity of the presenting issues. For children with complex or long-term needs it is unrealistic to expect ELSA intervention to resolve all their difficulties, however support will be designed to target specific aspects of a child's need. Training and development of ELSAs is an ongoing process and wisdom is required to recognise when issues are beyond the level of expertise that could reasonably be expected of an ELSA. The Educational Psychologist that works with our school would be able to offer advice on suitability or nature of ELSA involvement in complex cases.