Supporting all our children
We are committed to supporting all our children. Ofsted rated our behaviour and safety as outstanding, “Pupils are actively involved in helping to make the school a happy place for everyone. They readily take on responsibility. Pupils with additional learning, health, language and social needs are supported extremely well.” (November 2012)
Support for our children includes
- An enriched curriculum with specialist staff to support the children’s talents including, an Artist in Residence, a Music in Residence, sports coaches, cooking teachers, dance teachers, a literacy specialist teacher, a maths specialist teacher.
- A school based Inclusion team, led by the Deputy Headteacher, Jen McDougall, which supports children across the school in areas such as: emotional and well-being, child protection, attendance, punctuality, a support group approach to bullying, children with English as an additional language.
- At lunchtimes we have a range of staff supporting including teachers, teaching assistants, lunchtime organisers and sports coaches, this helps to make lunchtimes fun and enjoyable.
- We have Peer mentoring programmes across the school where children are involved in training to support other children during the school day.
- We have a range of interventions run by staff to support learning. For example reading and maths programmes, outdoor learning interventions as well as a range of programmes to support our children’s emotional well- being.
- A variety of trips and visitors into school to enhance our curriculum.
- A fantastic environment to support our children’s well- being which includes a restorative approach to behaviour and excellent Anti-bullying work.
- Children with English as an additional language (EAL) are well supported by specialist staff and attain highly. The staff at Barlow Hall are experienced in supporting children with EAL and we have a well established transition programme to support children new to the country and new to English. Our children welcome children new to school.
- Barlow Hall actively supports the principle of full participation of all pupils in the curriculum, including children with medical, health, learning, sensory, physical, emotional and behavioural difficulties. We have specialist staff and resources, such as the Reading Centre, Therapeutic Centre and Communication Centre to support children with a range of needs. Although Barlow Hall is not a barrier free school we have a fully implemented Disability Equality Policy and Scheme that enables us to implement arrangements to support children and families.
- We commission specialists to support the children and families at Barlow Hall. This includes, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and development workers, play therapists, school nurses and other health professionals.
- We work in partnership with other children’s services such as family intervention services, child and adult mental health services and other aspects of social services.