All policies are available on request from the school office. They include Teaching and Learning policy, Child Protection policy (Safeguarding), ICT policy, Behaviour policy, Complaints Procedure and Subject policies.
The school is committed to high rates of attendance, knowing that children attain well when their attendance is good or better. See the school policy. Click here.
Procedures that ensure that the school offers excellent safeguarding measures include:
- -careful vetting during the recruitment of all new staff taking account of Department for Education guidance, including ensuring recruiters have received Safer Recruitment training;
- -thorough induction for all staff and annual training for all staff;
- -annually reviewed procedures and policies through the Governing Body, including multi agency working arrangements;
- -clear procedures for all staff outlined in the staff handbook, including risk assessments for all aspects of school life, which are updated annually and involve the children;
- -Headteacher is the Designated Senior Person with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection and receives training every two years;
- -Assistant Headteacher and a Senior teacher are also trained as Designated Senior People;
- -Chair of Governors undertakes termly reviews of all aspects of safeguarding, including Child Protection, Positive Handling, Pupil Safety, Medical Needs, the Single Central Record (which maintains details on staff members and volunteers) and any incidents referring to bullying, esafety or racism;
- -regular monitoring by the governors and headteacher, including discussions with pupils and parent questionnaires and
- -there is a whistleblowing policy which is available to all staff.
We are required to publish information regarding the sharing of information on children in our care.
For children with medical conditions that require support above and beyond the average child in mainstream provision, we follow guidance as set out by the Department for Education in the document ‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions- April 2014’. The school policy is available from the school office on request.
Administration of medication
In light of government guidance, when children are well enough to be in school, but require medication (such as antibiotics) we ask that parents request that ‘where clinically possible, medicines should be prescribed in dose frequencies which enable them to be taken outside school hours’ (Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions- April 2014).
Where this is not possible, in agreement with the headteacher, school staff will administer medication with written parental consent and only when in date medication is received in original packaging that is clearly labelled and includes instructions for administration, dosage and storage. This will be administered at or as close to 12 noon as possible.
ESAFETY POLICYDownload here
ONLINE SAFETY & USING THE INTERNET
-narrow the gap between the attainment of the lowest 20% of attainers and the nationally expected level and
-develop and widen children's understanding of the nature of the UK as a multicultural society.
Blackwell First School Prevent Statement
At Blackwell First School British Values are promoted in an open, honest environment where adults are positive role models. Children’s opinions are valued. Children are taught to respect the environment, each other’s beliefs and the viewpoints of others.
Through a broad, balanced and tailored SMSC curriculum, which supports the development of the whole child, children are taught about their own and other’s faiths, beliefs and cultures. This provides them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make informed choices and make decisions regarding their actions and attitudes to ensure they can make a positive contribution to our modern British society.
This SMSC provision is also taught through regular Forest School sessions, Philosophy for Children, Circle Time, PSHE, RE lessons and Collective Worship themes based on Universal Values and linked to the UN ‘Rights of the Child’. British Values are further developed through a number of community links with different schools and Pupil Voice groups, enabling children to be involved in a democratic process following the rule of law.