How do we support children with social and emotional needs?
At St Barnabas, we recognise that some children have additional social and emotional needs and we have trained staff that can provide pastoral support and intervention to meet these needs. In school we have Mrs Haynes who is a trained Mental Health First Aider to support our children. We also have a learning mentor, Jack Huxley, who supports children at Saint Barnabas who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
We will also contact the following specialist agencies if needed following consultation with parents or carers:
Communication and Autism Team (CAT)
Educational Psychology Team (EP)
All children participate in personal, social, and health education (PSHE) lessons and collective worship, where they develop their knowledge about how to lead healthy, independent lives. In these lessons, children get the opportunity to practise resilience as well as learning how to develop strategies to support their social, emotional and spiritual development.
Our PHSE lessons provide an opportunity for children also learn about bullying, citizenship, healthy eating, physical activity, online safety as well as mental well-being. As a result, they develop a wide range of knowledge and strategies to support mental and physical well-being.
We have a positive Behaviour Policy which includes expectations on acceptable behaviour, rewards and sanctions. All children are aware of these expectations and so understand that we have a zero tolerance approach to certain behaviours such as bullying, racist or other discriminatory abuse. Details can be found in our Behaviour Policy.