Our Way of Working
What is Our Way of Working?
Our Way of Working is about developing a common and consistent approach to working with families within our school and with all agencies across CWAC. It has been researched and driven forward by the Children’s Trust and has a strong preventative approach at all levels across the continuum of need. It is based on shared language and shared understanding across all partners. Many of the families we work with can experience a broad range of difficulties that need support and interventions. We want to work with them in a new, integrated and targeted way.
CWAC vision, core values and principles
- A ‘One Children’s Services’ approach to meeting need across our partnership
- A strong preventative approach at all levels of need
- Preventing children and young people becoming vulnerable and needs escalating
- Ensuring lasting solutions within families to improve resilience, emotional health and wellbeing
- Improving overall outcomes for children and families
What does this mean for children and families?
Children and families tell us that they want us to:
- Listen and get to know them
- See them as an individual, not just a number, patient or case
- Do not ever judge or assume
- Be reliable, transparent, honest, supportive and trustworthy
- Take a whole family approach – not one size fits all.
Through working in a trauma informed way, using motivational interviewing, drawing on our shared language it would mean children and families are able to:
- Tell their story once
- Have a one page profile
- Ensure the child/young person is the focus
- Ensure that we respond in way that is motivational and innovative to meet their needs
- Bring all services together to make decisions
- Ensures clear communication and that we see the whole picture.
To find out more about the Children's Trust Partnership model for Our Way of Working click here.
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How does Tattenhall Park Primary support our families?
Our Mission statement: Roots to grow; wings to fly.
Our vision: Every child fulfils their potential. This issocially, emotionally as well as academically.
Our Values: We respect, we enjoy, we believe.
Our learning behaviours ensure pupils are ready to learn. They focus on key skills and resiliency: Resilient Rhinos (not being put off or giving up when things are hard, Relationship Rabbits (working cooperatively together); Resourceful Robins (what resources do I have available to help me: dictionary, working walls, vocabulary sheets, modelled examples); Reflective Rays (think about what you have done in the past that might help you.)
Our behaviour code is universally applied through school. The first line focuses on being safe:
Safe and sensible
Honest and Kind
Always do your best
Respect others, property and self
Ensure everyone enjoys school
We follow the Rest Easy approach which helps children to learn to self-regulate and look for ways to resolve problems. There are many layers to this- it is encorporated into the beginning of lessons to enable a calm start to learning; it teaches children calming techniques such as breathing techniques; it teaches children to: Recognise the feeling and ride the emotion wave, knowing that it will soon pass Emotions- understand what feelings you are having Stop- take a moment. Why am I feeling this way? Think- what can I do to help myself? How can I change what I am feeling? Engage Awareness- breathing techniques for example to help you calm yourself Support Yourself We provide a range of additional pastoral supports to enable children to feel safe
- We are a Sycol school- firmly focused on seeking solutions. We have developed systems within our setting to ensure that we are warm and welcoming both in the way we greet children, families and visitors and also in the environments we create.
- There are safe spaces throughout school which children choose to go to if they are distressed. The library is a popular place.
- Teachers welcome the children as they enter school. Each class has their own entrance.
- We do not publically shame pupils but instead take a child aside to provide support and understand what is happening to them. 1-1 chats are calm & timely which supports the child in moving forward and not dwelling.
- Staff do not shout in school. Calm voices are used at all times, modelling the behaviour code to the children and to ensure we do not add further to their trauma.
- We have set up a Foodbank to serve our families who are experiencing food poverty. We have issued food vouchers throughout the pandemic to all our families on FSM.
Quality First Teaching
- We support our pupils with visual timetables so that they can predict how the day will go. Some pupils need additional scaffolding of individual visual timetables and Now and Next boards to break it down into smaller steps when required.
- We try to prepare pupils for changes within the day to support transistions. We have 3 “moving up” days to prepare for the next academic year. We let children with sensory needs know in advance of a fire drill to avoid unnecessary triggers.
- Lessons are well planned and based on prior learning. Teachers recap on the last lesson to ensure that the lesson is based on a secure learning base. Working walls also evidence prior learning and is referred to in lessons both by the teacher and by children accessing it.
- Subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly and also recorded on the working walls.
- Additional needs are planned for an supported. Feedback books identify individuals who need additional support and have not secured the learning objective. Additional support is provided through differentiated lessons and resources, vocabulary sheets, cooperative learning structures and adult support through intervention, 1-1 tutoring and pre-learning sessions.
- We do not judge pupils who are struggling to cope with the learning environment and put in additional support to assist them: key adult, brain breaks and time out of the classroom, fiddle toys etc.
- Negative behaviours are viewed as a form of communication. We use ABC to analyse behaviour to try to identify triggers. We recognise when children are finding it hard to communicate as a result of increased anxiety and find ways to support children in calming- breathing techniques, sensory support, finger tapping, repetitive activity such as counting or building or doing a jigsaw, minful colouring.
- All staff have been trained in understanding the impacts of training. This is revisited annually.
- Additional therapies: ELSA, Next Steps, Lego Therapy, Rest Easy, Sunshine cirles are available to support the most vulnerable pupils. We complete wellbeing audits to identify pupils who have increased anxiety and use this and information from parents to triage the most vulnerable pupils.
- Boundaries and expectations are clearly communicated and are consistent throughout school.
- The multi agency map is used to support children and families. TAFs are offered to provide cohesive support from agencies. We have attended training to identified additional opportunities for support for our families.
- Relationships between staff and pupils is warm and nurturing. Children trust their adults, know who they can talk to and regularly share when they are worried.
Culture and Ethos
- Staff understand trauma and attachment and can recognise and support it. We have been awarded Attachment Friendly School Award by CWAC Virtual School.
- We are champions for all of our children. Vulnerable children who need a key adult have one which is identified by them.
- We are a No Outsiders School and use age appropriate resources to promote exclusivity throughout the school so that no child feels excludd.
- All adults model kind and empathetic behaviour. Our Mission statetment and school values is rooted in respect and supporting the whole school community on their journey. We celebrate achievements. Children see the good relationships between staff.
- Everyone is valued for their unique talents and this is recognised in lessons. Staff are supportive of one another and offer mentoring and coaching to new members of staff or associate teachers.
- Pupils voice is central to our safeguarding procedures. Children are encouraged to reflect on their learning and identify what they can do next.
- Staff share their own vulnerabilities and wishes for the future with staff and children so that children know we all have aspirations and things we find difficult.
- School welcomes all parents and responds in a sensitive and caring way. Communication is responsive to need- we aim to contact parents on the same day to discuss concerns and seek resolution.
- Vulnerable families are offered support via a TAF- a multi-agency approach. Where this is not consented to we still aim to draw in other agencies to provide the best support possible.
- We seek to understand situations families experience and devise plans with the family and child at the centre. The actions are devised with the parents so they feel in charge of the journey. All solutions are individualised to the family.
- We aim to conduct meetings free from jargon. We provide the Governing board with a list of educational terms and acronyms as part of their induction. Parents’ meetings are conducted free of explanation and celebrate the successes of the child as well as identifying the next steps and how parents can support their children on this journey. We work in partnership with parents.
- When children start in EYFS, successful relationships with parents are forged with parents, through regular conversations at drop off and collection, stay and play and through shared updates via Tapestry of important observations about the childs steps of development. This is continued as the children move through school- staff are available at the end of the day for communication, focusing on the positives of the day, celebrating work. Staff handle communication sensitively, they have their doors open and invite parents in if they need to talk.
- We are a Sycol school- this means we are solution oriented. All staff are trained in this and are involved in streamlining systems and finding solutions. The key principles are:
- The problem is the problem- not the person.
- If it works, do more of it.
- People have the resources to make changes. People have unique ways of solving problems.
- Possibilities are infinite.
- Recognise strength, skill and resource in everything.
- Seek sign-up.
- Co-operation enhances change.
- Focus on the future.
- Acknowledge challenges and difficulties whilst searching for possibilities.
- We have a colleague pledge:
- Colleague Pledges:
- We will always be kind and considerate
- We will always be supportive and share.
- We will always listen to each other.
- We will always value and appreciate each other.
- Wellbeing is high on the agenda. Staff are supportive of each other. Ladership audited staff wellbeing during the pandemic, ensuring that there were appropriate risk assessments and support in place. School buys into Employee Assistance Programme which provides support on a range of issues. Healthbox has been utilised to provide counselling support for staff.
- Staff act as mentors for each other and offer support as and when required.
- Staff are offered support from other colleagues and the SLT.
- Staff respect each othe and are treated with respect.
- We have a Code of Conduuct for Parents for when behaviour is not respectful. This is being adopted by the local cluster (BFGS) and we are calling it a Community Code of Conduct that all parties should adhere to.
Multi Agency and Community
- Child led conflict resolution
- TAFs conducted through a trauma informed lens, families share history once to multiole agencies.
- PEPS conducted through a trauma informed lens, training from virtual school on writing a trauma informed PEP.
- Strong relationships with school health, educational psychology, police.