During this difficult time the school will update this section of the website with COVID-19 to support families assisted by the inclusion team. Please see the links below:
Here are some help guides to share with parents:
Recognising family tensions during COVID from NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/arguments-conflict-family-tension-coronavirus-lockdown
An useful blog from Anna Freud on parental conflict can be accessed here: https://www.annafreud.org/insights/blogs/2020/04/coronavirus-2-keeping-in-mind-the-children-of-high-conflict-separated-parents/
Life under lockdown can be especially tough if your living situation poses further challenges. The Young Minds Parents Helpline experts share their tips for dealing with a lack of physical space, parental separation, arguments, aggressive or violent behaviour and domestic abuse. https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/tips-for-parents-in-a-difficult-living-situation-during-lockdown/
For any users of foodbanks: Please remember – The mission of Slough Foodbank is to feed people in food poverty because they do not have enough money to buy food, NOT to feed people who are self isolating or cannot find what they need. For those people direct them to Slough CVS: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sloughcovid19mutualaid@protonmail.com
Well being Challenge:
Please follow this link to view all 60 challenges:
Safeguarding Resources from Slough Council
At Priory School our Inclusion Team is here to provide further support for children and their families. The team brings together a wealth of experience and specialist training and works together with all members of the school community to overcome barriers to learning, thereby maximising opportunities for success. The team consists of Pastoral Care/DSL, Family Support Workers, Learning Mentors, Mainstream SENCO and Resource SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and staff who are experienced in delivering a range of specialist educational interventions.
Mental Health is extremely important to us at Priory School. We have specially trained staff who have the skills and confidence to step in, empowering people to notice the signs of mental health and guide pupils and families towards the support they need. Staff are identified by wearing rainbow lanyards!
Pastoral Care Manager/(DSL) Designated Safeguarding Lead
The Pastoral Care Manger/DSL works with children and their families to reduce barriers to learning and to help with attendance. Priory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils and expects all adults working in the school, staff and volunteers, to share this commitment by liaising with the Pastoral Care Manager/DSL if they have any concerns.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We ensure that concerns are discussed with parents/carers first unless there is reason to believe that this would be contrary to a child’s welfare.
If you have a concern about a child, you may consult the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead or deputy who will be able to look into the matter and decide if action is required to ensure the child’s safety and wellbeing.
Family Support Workers
Our Family Support Workers role is to support, give advice and provide information to families throughout the school.
We can support with a wide range of needs which will be unique to each family.
Learning Mentors work with school pupils to help them address a range of barriers to learning (eg bereavement, lack of confidence/low self-esteem, low aspirations, relationship difficulties, family issues/concerns) through supportive one-to-one relationships and small group work. All of our Learning Mentors are ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) trained.
ELSAs help children and young people to learn to understand and respect their emotions and others around them.
The ELSA isn’t there to ‘fix’ the child. For pupils with complex or long-term needs, it’s unrealistic to expect ELSA support to resolve all their difficulties. Change is a long-term process that needs everyone’s help.
SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
At Priory School we cater to a wide range of SEND both within our Mainstream provision and Resource Base. We have two SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), one for each setting, who oversee the provision for our pupils with additional needs. There are additional SEND staff who are able to offer specialist interventions to support a number of educational needs. The school also accesses a wide range of external professionals, for example an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist.
Each family is unique and therefore all have their own individual needs. All information shared between ourselves and the families will be done so confidentially, although concerns regarding safeguarding issues will be dealt with in accordance with our schools Safeguarding and Child protection policy. We believe that if we all work together we can provide a better outcome for the child(ren).
To get in contact with a member of the Inclusion Team, please email email@example.com marked for the attention of the Inclusion Team.