Covid 19 - School Closure
We recognise that this is a difficult time for all of us and that some families may need additional help and supoprt. This may be difficult to access during the school holidays or during a school closure. Information below is intended to signpost you in the right direction. You may be seeking support for yourself or for another family member or indeed another family or child outside your family.
If you have concerns about another family or a child you should call, as a members of the public, Children’s Social Work Services during office hours (9.00am – 5.00pm) on 0113 2224403.
If you think a child is immediate danger call the police on 999 out of office hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays). You can also report any concerns you have about a child or children to the NSCPCC NSPCC Charity For Children | Help Prevent Abuse & NeglectAd·www.nspcc.org.uk/ on 0808 800 5000.
To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123(free from any phone) or,email email@example.com. Alternatively, if you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
The Leeds Domestic Violence Service https://ldvs.uk/ ( 24hr helpline 0113 246 0401) is able to offer support to anyone who is concerned about their own, or someone else's, safety in the home.
As always, children are able to contact Childline https://www.childline.org.uk (0800 1111).Childline offers lots of advice for children about managing their feelings and anxiety as well as providing a one to one counsellor to talk to from 9am until midnight every day.
Leeds Mindmate https://www.mindmate.org.uk is a service which is there to support young people and focusses on mental health and well being. There is information about how to manage worry and anxiety, as well as resources to help with sleep, physical well being and also relaxation techniques as well. This is a great site for both parents and young people/ children to access especially during this difficult and unusual time.
Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers.
Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Pool Primary School:
· are good role models for children
· enjoy their work and working with children
· are conscientious and hard-working
· welcome support and visitors to school
· recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
· work within the agreed policies of the school
· promote a happy, caring and safe school
· encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
· create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
· challenge and support children in their learning
There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:
This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Pool Primary School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There are three designated officers for child protection in school and there is also a named governor for child protection. The Leeds model policy has been adopted and is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by the safeguarding team. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice.
Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Learning Mentor or Headteacher and in more serious cases the Attendance Strategy Team.
High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our expectations of good learning behaviour which we work hard to embed in order for everyone to achieve their potential and be happy and safe at school.
Health and Safety
Everyone at Pool Primary School knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. All staff at school adopt working practices in line with both the Leeds LA guidance 'Safer working practice for people who work with all children and adults at risk' (2019) and in line with the Department for Education (DfE) guidance 'Keeping children safe in education' (2020). There is a Health, Safety and Premises committee of the governing body which monitors all aspects of health and safety at school. We have several first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.
Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness.
The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. The document has been created in line with national and local guidance. See 'Community' - 'Useful Links' for sites which help parents with e-safety at home.
Safer Recruitment and Selection
This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.
Our school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children – no problem is too small. We have an ‘Open Door’ ethos and always encourage parents to speak with their child’s class teacher in the first instance. We have a clear ‘Complaints Policy and Procedure’ which sets out the steps we follow should parents have a complaint.