Policy

Due to the vulnerable nature of our children, we will ensure we deliver information on an individual and small group basis, working with all our students to help them to understand the social, emotional and legal aspects that are associated.

Each young person will be considered on an individual basis.

Educate U admission criteria:

  • Referred by education authorities, social workers, parents, foster agencies, schools
  • Aged between 5 – 16
  • School anxieties, Trauma, attachment
  • Health issues
  • EHCP

We will consider placements to young people who have a history of physical abuse to staff and other young people; this will be subject to a full assessment during which the outcome may identify the need for an alternative educational option to be sourced.

 

The Process

On receiving an enquiry, the school will complete an initial report which will include all relevant information as provided by local authority, parents and other professional.

The parent/carer and young person will be invited to the school for a tour and to meet the headteacher

The young person may be invited to attend taster sessions

All information and outcomes from the meeting will be added to the initial report.

SMT will meet to make the decision for placement

On placement the initial report will be used to formulate the IEP and tracking folder insert

Prospective students may be offered a 6-week assessment period to ensure the placement is correct

 

Educate U will collate information provided.

Placement information from the school/education provider, parents/carers, professionals working with the family and the young person.

 

Educate U will provide Assessment sessions to assess needs.

This will enable us to formulate an Individual Education Plan for the student to meet the identified needs.

Ethos:

Educate U School is a fully inclusive school which aims to give every student the opportunity to access a full and broad curriculum and feel valued and included within the school community. We are a single level site and aim to make all adjustments possible to support full access for students and staff. We are committed to actively promoting equal opportunities with all staff and students.

Aims:

In line with the Equality Act 2010 the aims of this policy are to:

  • Ensure all students, including those with a disability as defined within the Equality Act, have access to a full and broad curriculum.
  • Ensure that reasonable and suitable adjustments are made to the physical environment to ensure students with a disability are able to participate fully in school life.
  • Respond to individual student need to make suitable adaptations to the physical environment.
  • Overcome potential barriers to learning and assessment for students with a physical or learning disability.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) is the law that protects personal privacy and upholds individual’s rights.  It applies to anyone who handles or has access to people’s personal data.  This policy is intended to ensure that personal information is dealt with properly and securely and in accordance with the legislation. It will apply to personal information regardless of the way it is used, recorded and stored and whether it is held in paper files or electronically.

The school as the Data Controller will comply with its obligations under the GDPR and DPA.  It is committed to being concise, clear and transparent about how it obtains and uses personal information and will ensure data subjects are aware of their rights under the legislation. All staff must have a general understanding of the law and understand how it may affect their decisions in order to make an informed judgment about how information is gathered, used and ultimately deleted.  All staff must read, understand and comply with this policy. The Information Commissioner as the Regulator can impose fines of up to 20 million Euros (approximately £17 million) for serious breaches of the GDPR, therefore it is imperative that the school and all staff comply with the legislation.

Introduction

At Educate U our core values are that every child should feel safe, valued, supported and happy in school.  We further aim to achieve this by providing opportunities to develop each child’s self-confidence and pride.  As a consequence of our values, we aim to provide a safe, caring and friendly environment for learning for all our students to allow them to improve their life chances and help them maximise their potential. The children placed at our school may come with negative experiences of being bullied or may have difficulties with understanding or showing emotions, therefore anti bullying can be a difficult concept for them to understand or respond to. We work hard with our students to support them and to encourage them to understand different situation and how some behaviours or responses can be understood differently by others,

We would expect students to act safely and feel safe in school, including that they understand the issues relating to all forms of bullying and that they feel confident to seek support from school should they feel they or others are unsafe. We would also want parents/carers to feel confident that their children are safe and cared for in school and that incidents when they do arise, are dealt with promptly and well. As a school committed to Rights Respecting values, we work to promote a rights ethos where children are safe, can express their opinions and realise their potential.  The school is aware of its legal obligations including the Equalities Act 2010. We are aware of our role within the local community supporting parents/carers and working with other agencies outside the school where appropriate.

At Educate U we work closely with our families, children, agencies, professional and have an Open Door Policy to help with any issues as they arise. We strongly believe that open dialogue is the best and most effective way of working through difficulties, but we do also recognise that it is important to have a transparent and effective formal way of raising concerns or making a complaint.  We take all complaints and concerns seriously and make every effort to resolve them quickly and efficiently.

A ‘concern’ may be treated as ‘an expression of worry or doubt over an issue considered to be important for which reassurances are sought’.

A complaint may be generally recognised as ‘an expression or statement of dissatisfaction however made, about actions taken or a lack of action’.

Fire Risk assessment on file

Fire and monitoring folder kept in office

This policy works within the Fire Precautions The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Admissions and attendance registers

The ‘responsible person’ for the independent school is Kerry Simmions it is their responsibility to ensure the following is adhered to:

  • To carry out a fire risk assessment (formally recorded and regularly reviewed so as to keep it up to date); copy attached.
  • To produce a fire risk policy which includes the elimination or reduction of risks from dangerous substances.
  • develop fire procedures and provide staff training (repeated periodically where appropriate);
  • ensure the safety of staff or anyone else legally on the school premises.
  • carry out fire drills and contact emergency services when necessary.
  • appoint one or more competent persons (with sufficient training, experience and knowledge) to assist in taking preventive and protective measures (including firefighting and evacuation);
  • have a suitable system for the maintenance of clear emergency routes and exits (with doors opening in the direction of escape), signs, notices, emergency lighting where required, fire detectors, alarms and extinguishers (the maintenance should be by a ‘competent person’ (for example, ISO9001 certified or BAFE approved);
  • provide staff and any others working on the school site with fire safety information.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our children, we will ensure we deliver information an individual and small group basis, working with them to help them to understand the social, emotional and legal aspects that are associated.

RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) Policy This policy outlines our school’s commitment to provide effective Relationships, Sex and Health Education for all students in support of that offered by parents, who are the first educators of their children in this area. It has been written with regard to the DfE Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidance 2019 and other relevant guidance documents and statutory requirements. The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 make Relationships and Health Education compulsory for children receiving secondary education. The RSHE teaching in this school contributes to our statutory duty to safeguard children and prepare them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. RSHE is taught in an age-appropriate manner throughout the school.

Educate U are proud to be a Trauma Informed School (TiS). For us this means that we aim to have TiS approaches at the core of our whole school ethos and across our whole setting. We have specialist staff who will support students through therapy and mindfulness.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our children, we will ensure we deliver information on an individual and small group basis, working with all our students to help them to understand the social, emotional and legal aspects that are associated.

We aim to enable students to experience challenges, succeed in their learning, and have a sense that learning can be fun and relevant to their lives. To become independent and enthusiastic learners with a willingness to take risks. From the earliest opportunity, students will be encouraged to build tolerance, make good choices and take responsibility in readiness for them taking their place in society. Children will gain a sense of pride through social learning and positive experiences as part of the ethos of our school. We are able to promote and help our students to understand their emotions, to apply thinking between feeling and action, and to increasingly show empathy and understanding to others.

Introduction

Educate U is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and directors to share this commitment.
Educate U will fulfil our local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following key documents:
⦁ Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 (Post Brexit Update 2021)
⦁ Working together to Safeguard Children.
⦁ Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales
Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Educate U is committed to conducting its business with honesty and integrity and expects all staff to maintain high standards in accordance with their contractual obligations and the School’s policies and procedures. However, all organisations face the risk of things going wrong from time to time, or of unknowingly harbouring illegal or unethical conduct. A culture of openness and accountability is essential in order to prevent such situations occurring or to address them when they do occur. This procedure is not a substitute for normal line management processes but an addition to them. Staff should always first consider using normal line management for raising concerns. This procedure is only for the purpose of raising concerns about wrongdoing and is not a substitute or alternative for existing procedures such as the Grievance, Disciplinary Procedures for staff or the complaints procedure. This procedure should only be used where all other existing internal procedures are felt to be inappropriate or when a member of staff, for whatever reason, feels inhibited in going through the normal line management. As an example, therefore, if a member of staff has a personal grievance, then it must be raised through the grievance procedure; it would not be appropriate for it to be raised through this procedure. The existence of this procedure does not prevent staff from raising concerns through their trade union if they so wish. The procedure is therefore not a route through which employees can raise concerns about mismanagement which may arise from weak management rather than malpractice.

This policy recognised that many cases would have to proceed on a confidential basis. This confidential reporting policy is intended to encourage and enable all staff to raise serious concerns within a school rather than overlooking or “blowing the whistle” outside.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our children, we will ensure we deliver information on an individual and small group basis, working with all our students to help them to understand the social, emotional and legal aspects that are associated. All staff received PACE training and it integral to our daily work practice.

 At Educate U we are supporting our students to:

Progress.

Achieve.

Care.

Excel.

In order to move forward at a PACE, the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children in a safe, stimulating and caring environment. We understand we are all part of a community made up of individuals with particular and diverse needs, who will learn, develop and grow in very different ways. In planning and teaching, therefore, our staff set suitable learning challenges for, and respond to this diversity of need, which includes, but is not limited to, Special Educational Needs.

At Educate U we have a positive touch policy. This means that as a member of staff you are able to physically guide, touch or prompt children in appropriate ways at the appropriate times. It is extremely important that you have read and understood this policy to appreciate the reasons why we may choose to hold/touch children and the appropriate ways in which we do so.

Why Do We Use Touch?

We may choose to hold children for a variety of reasons, but in general terms we would normally do so for either comfort or reward. We may also need to physically touch, guide or prompt students if they require assistance with writing, eating, dressing etc.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our children, we will ensure we deliver information on an individual and small group basis, working with all our students to help them to understand the social, emotional and legal aspects that are associated.

The purpose of our Open-Door Policy is to encourage open communication, feedback and discussion. We value the input parents make to the school. If parents/carers have any worries or concerns about their  child’s education, then we believe that it is far better that they come into school and discuss them – in the first case with the class teacher, then with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and then the Head Teacher. Following this process allows issues to be resolved and explained. Staff will listen to your concerns and work with you to resolve any issues that you might have. Staff and parents are expected to be reasonable and fair to all parties. It is in the best interests of all our children to work together. We are able to maintain our ‘Open Door Policy’ by requesting your co-operation with the following rules. Thank you.

  • All visitors to the school must report to the school office upon arrival.
  • Class teachers will usually be available for an Open-Door meeting at the end of the school day, during handover. In some cases, the teacher may not be available for genuine reasons and a different meeting time should be arranged.
  • If you feel that the matter needs more than 10 minutes to discuss, then parents should phone the school office to make an appointment to see the member of staff at a mutually convenient time. Please make sure to state the purpose of the meeting request.
  • Staff may also be available to take phone calls, when they are not available please leave a contact number so that the member of staff may call you back at a different time.
  • Our Parent Co-ordinator is available at different times of the week during the end of the day handover. She can be located on the Playground and will be happy to make a note of your concerns and ideas then act accordingly to resolve them.
  • At the beginning of the school day and during working hours, the main school is only accessible to parents, the site is locked for the security of our pupils.
  • At no time should parents raise their voices at staff, particularly in front of children.
  • Aggressive or threatening behaviour is also unacceptable. Anyone who misuses the Open
  • Door Policy may be asked to leave the school remises and future meetings will only be held after a prior appointment is made.
  • In the spirit of our Open-Door Policy, a Parents Forum meets termly to discuss new initiatives, issues/policies and events.

Due to the vulnerable nature of our children, we will ensure we deliver information on an individual and small group basis, working with all our students to help them to understand the social, emotional and legal aspects that are associated.

‘To achieve their potential, schoolchildren must participate fully in educational activities. To do   this they must be healthy, attentive and emotionally secure.’

World Health Organisation (WHO), 2000

At Educate U we are taking a whole school approach to Health and Wellbeing Education based on the following: ‘Health is the extent to which an individual or group is able, on one hand, to realise aspirations and satisfy needs and, on the other hand, to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore seen as a resource for everyday life, not an object of living; it is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources, as well as physical capabilities.’ World Health Organisation (WHO), 2000

Our aim is to enable our children, staff and everyone working in partnership with the school to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

Transition Policy at Educate U we recognise that transition is a process, not an event. This policy has been devised to ensure that pupils transfer seamlessly through each phase of their education; thus, contributing to a positive learning experience for every child. Care and attention are given to the transition of individual pupils as they transfer to, through and beyond our School.

Definition:

In this policy, the term ‘transition’ is used to describe the movement that takes place from one familiar setting (including the home) to another.

Aims:

At Educate U we will:

  • Encourage all parents to be partners in their child’s education.
  • Assist parents in helping their child prepare for school and for the transition to each new year group.
  • Make a happy and seamless transition from home and/or pre-school to school and from year group to year group.
  • Support all children towards independence and develop their confidence and ability to cope with change.
  • Give pupils a clear understanding of the new expectations ahead of them.
  • Ensure that any relevant information from outside agencies is acknowledged and acted upon, particularly in regard to children with Special Educational Needs or English as an Additional Language.

At Educate U we recognise that pupils will experience many different transitions:

  • Entry to Nursery
  • Moving from Nursery to Reception
  • Moving from Reception into Key Stage 1
  • Moving through the Key Stages
  • Movement from class to class

Transition into Educate U

The process for transition starts with

Sue Evans Director of Education – placements

It is the local authority who organise and offer places.

Victoria Reed Headteacher – responsibility for all transition planning

  • Once a place has been offered, Victoria will organise visits to the school.
  • Start dates and times will then be arranged and transition plan developed.
  • Tours of the school are offered to all incoming parents and children.
  • Discussions occur between Educate U and staff from other settings – where necessary.
  • Parents receive an information pack which includes a school prospectus.

Transition plan are formulated to meet the needs of the individual.

Educate U is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

The organisation  is also committed against unlawful discrimination.

The policy’s purpose is to: 

  • provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time
  • not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.
  • oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities.