At Mab Lane Primary we aim to provide the highest quality pastoral support throughout the school. When necessary, we work with various outside agencies to support pupils to achieve ‘only the best’, educationally, socially and emotionally.
At Mab Lane Primary we want everyone involved with our school to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our pupils and their families.
OFSTED – ‘Pupils feel safe in the school. They learn important rules about how to keep themselves safe. Pupils have no concerns about bullying. They said that teachers are good at sorting out any problems that crop up. Parents and carers agree. One parent said, ‘Every single member of staff should be applauded for the work they do.’
Our Inclusion Team includes our Headteacher, Miss Morgan, Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher/SENDCo, Miss Flynn, Assistant Headteacher and Mrs Thomas our Pastoral Lead, all helped by a group of amazing Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Together our team works with students so they can lead fulfilling and balanced lives at school and beyond.
All our staff model to students how to look after themselves and others; encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it.
Pastoral care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, students feel they belong and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.
The aims of pastoral support
To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.
To support children to address social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs.
To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
To reassure parents/carers their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.
To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core values (Respect, Honesty, Happiness, Perseverance, Positivity and Helpfulness).
To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.
The role of the Pastoral Support Team
To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning and development.
To work with staff in ensuring good pupil support and build upon the caring and respectful relationships that exist between staff, pupils and families.
To provide specialist counselling to support individual children; listening and talking to children who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social and friendships skills.
Responding to situations as they arise within school.
Meeting with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child.
To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.
How does the Pastoral Support Team work?
Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs.
Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, art and craft, therapeutic or social stories and of course time to talk.
A pupil’s progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis.
Pupils – any child in the school can ask to speak to our Pastoral Team if they have a problem or a worry at school or at home.
Parents/carers – if you have a pastoral concern regarding your child then you can phone the school, speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment via the school office, to speak to a member of the team. Please call the School office on 0151 259 4282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email Mrs Thomas email@example.com.