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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in the Friendship of Faith

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Support for Emotional & Social Development

At St Mary's Catholic Primary School we are committed to ensuring that children have a high level of support for their personal and social development. The thoughts and feelings of the children in our school are of paramount importance to us. We take the time and opportunity to listen to children and parents about any additional support that they may need. When it is felt that additional support or intervention is necessary to support a child’s social or emotional development then we can offer:

  • A school with caring and dedicated staff
  • A curriculum and school ethos that has children’s social and emotional well-being at the heart of it
  • Staff to liaise with the family to provide the support available to help to meet the child’s needs or signpost them to somebody who may be able to help
  • Access to a School Counsellor
  • Access to the LA Crisis and EWEL teams when needed
  • All staff trained in Attachment 
  • A SEND Co who has accessed the Anna Freud Mental Health and School Link Programme 
  • Two members of staff trained in Listening Matters - Connecting with Children and timetabled sessions for support
  • Members of staff trained in ‘Lego Therapy’, Social Group and Sensory Group
  • Classes can access Mindful Movement sessions
  • ‘Relax Kids’ therapeutic intervention
  • Anxiety Support 
  • Behaviour Support 
  • Social stories
  • Getting Along/ Friendship Interventions
  • Close liaison with external services where referrals for specialist advice can be made
  • Staff who are keen to research and act upon the suggestions from other professionals
  • The opportunity for children to select a member of staff as a key person to go to as and when necessary.
  • Assembly themes that focus on social and emotional well-being of all, including visiting speakers and production companies to cover themes such as Anti-bullying.
  • Opportunities to participate in ‘Play in a Day’ where children use drama as a media for exploring social and emotional issues
  • Participating in National Events such as Anti – bullying week and follow up activities to ensure that we have an anti-bullying culture in school
  • NSPCC assemblies and workshops
  • A behaviour system which embraces a restorative approach and a reward system that encourages children to be kind, caring and considerate to others

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