SAFETY AND SUPPORT
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The staff at Canon Pyon CE Academy are committed to providing care and education to all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
A child has special educational needs if he or she has difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children of about the same age. Many children will have a special need of some kind during their education. Some children will need extra help and support from us for some or all of their time at Canon Pyon CE Academy.
Please click on this link to find out how Herefordshire Council can help with Special Educational Needs and Disability through the SEND Local Offer. CLICK HERE
Our school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Miss Emily Pritchard-Smith.
PASTORAL, FAMILY SUPPORT AND SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION
Pastoral and Family Support
Our schools Designated Safegiarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Kelly Carpenter. Our Deputy DSL is Miss EMily Pritchard-Smith.
From time to time families may need extra support which schools’ are now able to provide.
You may feel that your child would benefit from extra pastoral support in school in the form of group work or 1:1 sessions. We can offer a variety of support in school. If you think your child would benefit from some extra support please speak to the Head of School or your child’s class teacher.
We have use of an Education Welfare Officer (Mrs Karen Millington - Attendance Solutions Herefordfordshire) who is available to support you with all issues regarding attendance. Our aim is to promote good attendance so that children can take advantage of all of the opportunities on offer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about your child’s attendance.
We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.
Even if we make the difficult decision that we need to speak to Social Care about your child we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
We want to support our parents by making them aware of issues using technology, so that they can be able to actively guide their children effectively and support them to become safe digital citizens. After all, there is a strong likelihood that our children’s future jobs will involve using technology that probably hasn’t even be invented yet.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place via technology. As a parent/ carer it can be difficult to know who to turn to for help and advice. CEOP and other experts in this field offer this advice and practical steps on how to protect and support their child if they are being cyberbullied.
ADVICE ON APPS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CHILDREN - COMMON SENSE MEDIA
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Media and technology are at the very centre of all our lives today — especially our children’s. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
The NSPCC has a wealth of information on their website to support parents on a wide range of issues. The Share Aware section is very useful for parents on advising children what not to share (especially the sort of selfies that are not appropriate).
Please do not supply a direct link.
SOCIAL MEDIA - NET AWARE
This is a section of the NSPCC site that reviews social Networks that children use. It will help you to make an informed choice about the suitability of social networks.
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S ONLINE USE - ADVICE FROM UK SAFER INTERNET CENTRE
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. Uk Safer Internet Centre know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so they hope that the following advice helps.
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents’ Guide to Technology
For further information see the saferinternet.org site
FURTHER SAFETY ADVICE
For more information regarding any of the following please click on the appropriate links listed in the sidebar
Parental Controls from UK Safer Internet Centre
UK safer internet top tips for iPad
Support your child on E-safety with ThinkUknow resources
Report a serious E-safety issue.
PARENTAL CONTOL ON IPADS
If using an Apple device (iPod touch, Mini, n Generation) you can limit the websites that you would want your child to access. Here’s where to find out how:
iOS: Understanding Restrictions (parental controls):
Most internet providers have security controls for parents to help you choose the right level of protection for your child. You can control age appropriate content. See links below to find out how for different devices: Block adult web content in iOS7 Be Web Smart
BEHAVIOUR AND ANTI BULLYING PROCEDURES
Within its Christian foundation the school has a strong commitment to promoting good behaviour through positive strategies, high expectations and a programme of SEAL and Values Education.
School rules have been developed with the children and are kept to a minimum. They are based on the principles of consideration and respect for self and others. The aim is for pupils to achieve self-discipline and develop their own sense of responsibility. Pupils are regularly rewarded in a variety of ways for demonstrating outstanding behaviour which includes receiving Pyon Points.
In the very few instances when pupils make choices that are not in line with our expectations, the consequences of their actions are clearly outlined to them. We take swift action to deal with any incidents of bullying and the children and parents or carers are encouraged to discuss any problems at an early stage.
In extreme cases of behavioural concern, parents or carers will be contacted and the matter will be dealt with by the Head of School in partnership with them. The Head of School, in consultation with the Governing Body, can exclude children from school.
The code of conduct at the school is based on Christian principles of care and concern. The purpose is to develop the character of the pupils to respect their own person and belongings, and likewise to respect other people and their property. All pupils are made to feel that they belong. They are treated fairly and valued as worthwhile individuals. Every opportunity is taken to praise the children.
We have a rewards system, which helps to instil an individual sense of responsibility.
Pupils are made aware of a few basic rules when they start school and are expected to act within these rules. Staff discuss all misbehaviour with the children in an effort to deal with it through negotiation rather than sanctions.
A variety of sanctions may be used for minor misdemeanours e.g. loss of playtime. Any major breach of discipline is brought to the notice of parents, and they are encouraged to come into school to discuss the best way forward for the child.
The personal and social development of each child is monitored through the setting of personal and individual targets.
These may be based on behaviour or academic progress. The targets are set through negotiation with the children, which helps them take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour.
At “Golden” assemblies children are praised for their efforts, and rewards are given in the form of stickers and certificates. Kindness, helpfulness, sporting, musical and artistic achievements are recognised as well as academic work.
The ‘Pupil Premium’ was introduced in April 2011. The Government provide schools with additional funding for certain groups of pupils: those who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), children who are looked after and pupils whose parents are in the armed forces. This includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM within the past 6 years (FSM Ever 6).
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium…is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source: DfE website.