Pastoral Care & Thrive
Pastoral Provision at Furzeham Primary & Nursery School
Pastoral Provision Overview
At Furzeham Primary School we have staff who work within the Pastoral Team. We are inclusive in our approach, providing an enriching learning environment that enables all children to be the best they can be. The team provides 1:1, group intervention and in class support to children with additional pastoral needs. Children’s emotional, social and mental health needs are addressed within a caring, supportive environment in order to develop their learning skills. We offer THRIVE, Anger Management, Lego Therapy and regular checking in with children across the school. Children are able to access a key adult in school who they can talk to and discuss any problems or issues they may be having. We have two trained THRIVE practitioners who assess and deliver THRIVE interventions.. We deliver a range of individual, group and whole class provision and where necessary, referrals to outside agencies The needs are identified by contact from professionals outside of school e.g. social care or health. They are also identified by staff within the school setting, or parents, who will raise any concerns with the SENDCo/Pastoral Lead and a criteria is followed to identify which intervention will be the most suitable in order to meet the needs of the child .Reports and advice is shared with both parents and teaching staff to ensure implementation beyond the interventions.
Miss Shears : SENDCo
Miss James: Pastoral Lead teacher
Mr Ward: DDSL & MHST lead teacher
Miss Ford & Mrs Hall-Green: THRIVE practitioners
Support for the well-being of children and families
Mr Adams, Miss Shears, Miss James and Miss Ford are all part of the pastoral team. At any point in time a child may experience difficulties which impact on their emotions, behaviour or capacity to learn. At Furzeham School we offer a range of support which is planned to help the child and their families. Please talk to one of the team or leave a message through the school office if you would like to talk to someone in confidence, in a caring, friendly environment.
This might be whole class, in small groups or on a 1-1 basis depending on the needs of the child/children. We have two trained THRIVE practitioner in school and several staff who deliver the programme and a dedicated space to work in. The THRIVE programme is designed to diagnose and create a plan to support children who have experienced interruptions in their emotional development through practical fun activities which are shared with home as well as school.
We are able to support parents to access a wide range of services and groups in the local area. Some of the services offer practical help with such things as housing or financial advice, some offer contact points or groups to join with others of a similar interest or need and others signpost parents to lots more besides.
Bespoke pastoral programmes
These sessions are designed to support children and their families who are experiencing significant loss or trauma related to things that have happened outside school but are impacting on them emotionally. Each programme is chosen, designed or tweaked to meet the needs of the child.
Useful links and information
Request for Health Assessment information
- The Local Offer Local Offer in Torbay | Torbay FIS Directory. This list resources, groups and services available to Children and young People who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) who live in Torbay
- Torbay Council Early Help Early Help - Torbay Council
- SENDIASS HOMEPAGE - Sendiass Torbay. This offers independent support to children and families who have SEN needs from 0 -25.
- Child and Family Health Devon home - Children and Family Health (childrenandfamilyhealthdevon.nhs.uk). Providing health services for children, young people and families across Devon.
- Child Health information number 01803 655824.
- Play Torbay About Us — Play Torbay. A registered charity who provide fun and accessible play opportunities all year round.
- 0 to 19 Torbay 0 to 19 Torbay. This incorporates Health Visiting, School Nursing, Action for Children and Checkpoint. This help, support and advice to children, young people and families living or attending school in Torbay.
- Solihull online training Online Learning (heiapply.com). Free online courses including understanding pregnancy labour, birth and your baby, understanding your baby, understanding your child, understanding your child with additional needs, understanding your teenager’s brain, understanding your brain (teenagers only). Access code ‘Tamar’
- Tissues and Issues – This is a Facebook group offering support to families and children.
- Parent talk Additional needs and disabilities - Support for Parents from Action For Children. Down to earth parenting advice you can trust.