Alvaston Junior Academy

Alvaston Junior Academy

Support for emotional and social development

At Alvaston Junior Academy we consult with a wide range of external agencies and we maintain close partnerships in order to access the best professional advice and to ensure the emotional and social development needs of SEN children are met.

We work closely with the Local Authority and Private Providers of additional services, such as Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapy, School Counsellor, Peer Mentoring, CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. We often hold multi-professional meetings in school so that parents are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join us easily, if it is appropriate

We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity. All staff believe that children having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s well-being. We have a caring, understanding team looking after our children. The class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required the class teacher liaises with the SENCO for further advice and support.

As a school we have a very positive approach to all types of behaviour with a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and pupils. We use class dojo as the main behaviour tool and link to home. We have star of the week assembly each week, Gold Award at the end of each half term, Values Champion and a variety of other behaviour rewards.

  • If a child has behavioural difficulties a Behaviour Plan is written alongside the child and Parents to identify the specific issues, put relevant support in place and set targets.
  • After any behaviour incident we expect the child to reflect on their behaviour with an adult. This helps to identify why the incident happened and what the child needs to do differently next time to change and improve their behaviour.
  • Attendance of every child is monitored on a daily basis. Lateness and absence are recorded and reported upon to the Head Teacher and Trust Inclusion Leader. Support is given through an incentive scheme where good attendance is actively encouraged throughout the school. We award children termly on their attendance rate. We liaise with the Local Authority EWO to monitor attendance and support vulnerable families.

Mrs Tabatha Dixon supports the pastoral care of pupils and parents. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

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