“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”
We promote our Vision through the key words:
‘Create – Equip – Partner’
At St Michael’s, we provide academic, social and emotional support for all pupils throughout their Primary years. In order to support children at various stages in their school life, we have a number of specific programmes and interventions in school.
In summary, these include: peer mentors, who are our playground champions, the school Listening Post and our Teaching Assistant Mentors, for children who require small group or 1:1 support.
Alongside the Inclusion team, the nurture and SEMH Assistants will work with children to:
- Recognise their own and others’ emotions
- Develop better social skills
- Improve their friendship skills
- Develop strategies for managing anger
- Deal with loss and bereavement
What does SEMH Support look like at St Michael’s?
Working with children on a regular weekly basis, for 30-40 minutes face to face and additional time for reflective records
Sessions may be individual or small group, and tailored to the child’s individual needs.
Sessions include a range of aspects, such as board games and stories. Sessions include a time to talk. The sessions will be individualised and tailored to the needs of the child. Pupil progress will be reviewed half termly.
Parents/ carers play a crucial role in determining the success of this support. Please do inform the class teacher if there are any issues affecting your child.
At St. Michael’s we firmly believe in providing the both the academic and social support for pupils. We recognise that there are times when additional support and intervention strategies may be required to ease anxieties and stresses that a small minority of pupils may be experiencing. We have assigned Teaching Assistants who support the well-being of pupils and one is ELSA qualified.
The role of the Nurture and SEMH Teaching Assistants is defined below:
- Working with specific children or groups of children to support them and help them to overcome any barriers to learning.
- Offering various social and emotional support programmes, including Nurture groups, Friendship groups, Social Skills programmes, Self Esteem programmes, Bereavement support, Lego Therapy and Behaviour, Anger or Anxiety Management.
- Responsible for running our Playground Champion and Listening Post programmes, to support children with any issues they are having at home or school.
- Works directly with the Inclusion Team, teachers and support staff. Also works with other agencies and services including the Educational Psychology Services, Early Years Centre, Pupil Referral Unit and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
Please see below some links to websites that offer help and advice in this area:
- Meet Olle, a virtual friend developed by parent zone and funded by BBC Children in Need’s ‘A Million and Me’ initiative. Aimed at 8-11 year olds and their parents Ollee helps families talk about difficult topics. Click the link: Parent Zone – Ollee
- Wandsworth Children & Young People’s Wellbeing Service deliver individual programmes to support parents with children who are showing signs of anxiety or worry, or experiencing behavioural difficulties. They offer strategies and tools to help you support your child and feel more confident in responding to your child’s behaviour. If you are interested in accessing their support contact WandsworthWP@swisty.uks.uk