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Darrick Wood Junior School

The school is now closed for the Easter holidays. We look forward to seeing the children back on Tuesday 17th April for the start of the Summer Term.
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Pastoral Support


Strategies to support the development of pupils’ social skills and enhance self-esteem

  • Small group programmes to develop social skills

  • Teaching Assistant Listening Ear/Bereavement support

  • Lunchtime nurture club

  • Whole school values and rules are continually reinforced through assemblies and class discussions

  • Celebration assemblies give opportunities to year groups to celebrate success across the curriculum

  • PHCHE/Circle time sessions in class


Mentoring activities

  • Year 6/ Year3 Buddies

  • Year 6 paired reading with Year

  • Year 5 paired reading with year


Strategies to reduce anxiety/promote emotional wellbeing (including communication with parents)

  • Transition support, visits for children with emotional needs related to their SEND, in the preceding Spring/Summer term for children starting in year 3 the following September

  • Regular contact and liaison with parents. As well as scheduled parent’s consultation meetings staff are available at the end of the day when they bring they bring their class out. They can also make an appointment to see their child’s teacher at a mutually agreeable time.

  • Listening ear available throughout the week

  • Lunchtime nurture group for children with particular difficulties

  • A  Pastoral Support Plan (PSP) is put in place for some children who would benefit to support their wellbeing i.e. to improve their contribution in class or their attitude to learning. They are monitored throughout the day and reviewed by their class teacher and/or Head Teacher, SENCO or Behaviour lead teacher. Targets are reviewed regularly and new targets set if necessary


Support/supervision at unstructured times of the day including personal care

  • Lunchtimes are part of all children’s entitlement to the best quality provision. Our Mid-Day Supervisors (MDS) ensure that whole school values and rules are kept and sanctions for behaviour are consistent with those that are applied during structured class time, in line with our Behaviour Policy.
  • MDS are regularly informed of children with additional needs
  • Year 6 Play Leaders

What personal and medical care is available within the school?

  • Identified staff trained in first aid available throughout the day.
  • Care plans for children with medical needs
  • System for administration of medication