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SCHOOL POLICY DOCUMENTS (INCLUDING SEND)

All schools have many policies. We have selected those that may be of most interest to you on this page. If you require any policies not included here, please contact the school office. Important policies you will find on this page include the schools SEND information and the schools Publication scheme. The following policies can be downloaded for your information:

Pensby Primary School SEN Information Report 2017 2018

In addition to these policies, families may wish to read the SEND offer from the Local Authority. This can be found at:

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/special-educational-needs-and-disability/local-offer

Pensby Primary School follows the admissions policy of Wirral Local Authority. Pensby Primary also has a Nursery. The school organises admissions to Nursery following the policy of Wirral Local Authority. The admission policies can be accessed here:

Wirral Local Authority admissions information can be found at:

www.wirral.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-admissions

 

 

 

Use of images policy

Purpose of policy
This policy sets out how Our Primary school will ensure the safety and welfare of children, young people and/or vulnerable adults in our care when making photos/images of them.

Policy Application
Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working at the school as well as
visitors.

Introduction
Schools need and welcome publicity. Children’s photographs add colour, life and interest to what they do at school. Making use of photographs for publicity materials and to promote the school in the press can increase pupil motivation and staff morale, and help parents and the local community identify and celebrate the school’s achievements. However photographs must be used in a responsible way (Appendix 1).

In May 2004, section 45 of the Sex Offences Act 2003 amended Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978 by raising the age of a ‘child’ from 16 to 18. This means it is now an offence to ‘take, make, allow to take, distribute, show, possess with intent to distribute, or advertise indecent photos or pseudo photographs of children under the age of 18.

Our Primary School recognises the need to respect children’s and parents’ rights of
privacy and is aware of potential child protection/Safeguarding issues.

Images taken by parents, legal guardians or family members at a school event:
We do not allow the filming of events in school. We do allow families to use cameras and take still photographic images of their own children. As it can be the case that other children are captured in images, families are required to sign to state that the images they capture will be used appropriately at each event (see appendix 2). If families do not adhere to these guidelines then they will be refused entry to school events.

Images for school publications:
• The school will only take and use images that are appropriate and are considered to not be be open to misuse.
• If an image of a child is used, the child’s name will not be published. If a name is published, no image will be used without specific consent.
• Children and their parents/legal guardians will be made aware of why their picture is being taken and how it will be used.
• The school will ensure that images of a single child with no surrounding context of what they are learning or doing will be avoided.
• Children and parents should be encouraged to recognise the value of group photographs.
• The school recognises that images must not be used to cause distress, upset or embarrassment.
• The school will use photographs that represent the diversity of the children/young people participating.
• Images will be kept securely and held by the school for the duration of the pupil’s time there, after which, they will be destroyed.
• Images of children from the school will not be used to illustrate controversial subjects.

Images for the school website and/or VLE:
• School websites/VLE are part of the internet and are more easily accessible than paper based school publications. The school will make sure that only appropriate images are used. Image filenames will avoid using children’s names.
• The storage of electronic images will be regularly reviewed by a senior member of
staff.

Images taken during PSA events
The PSA hold a number of events in school – Christmas fair/disco etc. For these events families are permitted to take photographic images. Video images are not permitted.

Images of children who are vulnerable
The school has several pupils who are considered to be vulnerable and it is important their images are not recognizable.

Webcams:
• Webcams are a useful tool for learning. They can allow an individual or class to interact over the internet with others and support links between pupils in different schools, countries and cultures.
• A webcam will only be used in appropriate circumstances such as a normal class setting.

• Both children and teachers will be made aware of when a webcam is in use.

CCTV (in new building):
• The school will use CCTV in some areas of school property as a security measure.

• Cameras will only be used in appropriate areas and there will be clear signage indicating where it is in operation. For Further guidance please contact the Governing Body.

Children photographing one another:
• Staff will supervise and maintain control over any photographing pupils do during on-school or off-site activities.

• Children are not permitted to bring their mobile phones or cameras into school.

• If it is found that cameras or camera phones have been misused, the school will follow the disciplinary procedures as outlined in our behaviour policy. In some cases it maybe necessary for Our Primary School to contact children’s social care and/or the police.

Please note that images taken by the media are not covered by this policy and are subject to a separate set of regulations.

DATA PROTECTION GOOD PRACTICE
TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS IN SCHOOLS
Appendix 1
In October 2007 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published Good Practice Guidance aimed at Local Authorities and those working in schools, colleges and universities. It gave advice on taking photographs in educational institutions and whether doing so must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Recommended Good Practice
The Data protection Act is unlikely to apply in many cases where photographs are taken in schools and other educational institutions. Fear of breaching the provisions of the Act should not be wrongly used to stop people recording important events. Where the Act does apply, a common sense approach suggests that if the photographer asks for permission to take a photograph, this will usually be enough to ensure compliance.
• Photos taken for official school use may be covered by the Act and pupils, students and parents/carers should be advised why they are being taken

• Photos taken purely for personal use are exempt from the Act

Examples
Personal Use:

• A parent takes a photograph of their child and some friends taking part in the school Sports Day to be put in the family photo album. These images are for personal use and the Data Protection Act does not apply.

Official School Use

• Photographs of students/pupils are taken for building passes. These images are likely to be stored electronically with other personal data and the terms of the Act will apply.

• A small group of pupils are being photographed during a science lesson and the photo is to be used in the school prospectus. This will be personal data but will not breach the Act as long as the children and/or their parents/carer are aware this is happening and the context in which the photo will be used.

Media Use

• A photograph is taken by a local newspaper of a school awards ceremony. As long as the school has agreed to this and the children and/or their parents/carers/guardians are aware that photographs of those attending may appear in the newspaper, this will not breach the Act.

I ___________________________________________(Name of parent) recognise the need to respect children’s and parents rights to privacy. We will ensure that images are only taken for our own use and agree to comply with the principles of this policy.

________________________________(signature required) Date ____________________
Child/rens names ___________________________________________________________
Parents’/Legal Guardians’ Consent to Take and Use Images of Pupils

Key Policy Points:

Our Primary School recognises that a balance between the low risk of misuse and the numerous positive results of colourful, well produced school material is necessary.

• The school will only take and use images (photographs, videos and DVDs) that are appropriate and are considered to be safe from misuse.

• Children will be made aware of why their pictures are being taken and how they will be used.

• The school will take extra precautions to ensure that only appropriate images are used for the website.

• If it is found that a camera phone has been misused the school will follow its usual disciplinary procedures (Camera phones are not permitted on site).

• If an image of a child is used, the child’s name will not be published. If a name is published, no image will be used without specific consent.

PARENTS

Please read our Policy for the Use of Images of Children and indicate whether you agree to your child’s images being taken. You have the option to indicate whether or not you consent to your child’s images being taken and used for different purposes. You can withdraw your consent at any time by writing to the school.

Name of child/ren (block capitals)
Child/ren’s date of birth
Name of parent or legal guardian (block capitals)
I have read the school’s policy on the use of images of children and I agree to its provisions.

Please give your consent by putting your initials next to each statement. Your child’s images will not be taken/used as specified, if you do not give your consent.
I give my consent to images of my child being taken and used for official school purposes of promoting or publicising school events in accordance with the guidelines of the policy for the duration of their time at the school. Initial here
I give my consent to images of my child being used on the school website and I understand that these images will be available on the World Wide Web.
I give my consent for images taken by the school in accordance with the guidelines of the policy to be used for official Cornwall Council publications.
Signature of parent or legal guardian of the child
Date (date/month/year)

There may be other circumstances, falling outside the normal day to day activities of the school, when images of children are needed. The school recognises that in such circumstances specific consent from the parent or legal guardian will be sought before any photography or filming of children starts. If you have concerns or queries about any of this information, please contact the school.
Appendix 2

Our PRIMARY SCHOOL
Parent/Guardian use of images for specific events

Event _____________________________________

Name/s of children ____________________________________________

Class/es of children ____________________________________________
I have brought/will be bringing photographic equipment to this event. I will not take any video images. I will ensure that any photographic images I take are used appropriately. If the images I take have other children in them that are not in my family I will not publish them on the internet of distribute them in any way. I understand that if I do not adhere to the schools Use of Images policy, I will not be permitted to attend future events.

Signed ___________________________________date _______________

Print name ___________________________________________________

Guidelines for Staff when Photographing School Events.

• Request the member of staff take the photographs of the event in good time prior to the event, and where possible the individual should be identified by a badge.

• Ensure that the photos or videos are taken on a school still or video camera and that the memory card or tape is also the property of the school.

• Enable the photographer to download the images directly to the school Staff Shared Area via a third party member of staff within 24 hours.(eg ICT technician)

• Any post capture alteration should be done using a school computer and editing software after initial downloading.

Activities that require staff photographs
• Recording of practical activities as evidence of assessment/progress
• Recording of special events
• Recording of events/work to be published in school magazines/letters/newsletters
• In EYFS, KS1 and KS2 as part o information gathering

Stylistic Content

• All images should be appropriate to and reflect the event. Where possible have the student’s permission.

• Only group photos, or at least an image of two people, should be taken

• For events where students are wearing clothes not normally associated with the school the photo needs to be taken in context and reflect the activity.

• All stored images will be reviewed regularly and no photo will be kept unnecessarily.

Equipment

• With the advances in technology many students’ mobile phones are able to take photographs with resolution of at least 4 megapixels and this can be the same as a compact camera. The advent of sites like Face book or Twitter has lead to a revolution in image publication and students often exchange images using this medium. However, where possible, all photographs taken by staff members should be taken on a school camera.

Staff should not allow pupils or parents to see their mobile phones. Staff mobile phones must not be used in front of pupils. They must be turned off or silent during lessons. The staffroom is a suitable place where staff may use their mobile phone. Pupils should not be able to describe the mobile phone of any member of staff.

School Nurse and Medical Procedures

nurse1All teaching staff and the majority of support staff have First aid at Work and Early Years training and treat most minor illnesses and minor injuries. Parents are informed by school staff of any injury more severe than small abrasions and bumps. All head bumps are reported to families – either via a text message or phone call in the case of more serious injury.

When children are taken ill in school they are usually closely monitored by staff initially and first aiders ascertain the seriousness of the problem. Where pupils are well enough they are returned to class. Should first aiders decide the child should require medication or go home, parents are telephoned to discuss the situation and agree the course of action. Where an accident occurs in school, first aiders follow the procedures outlined below.

Parents are asked to keep their child at home if they are ill or infectious and to phone the school to inform the school of their absence. Vomiting and diarrhoea is particularly contagious in a school community and the school follows the Health Protection Agency’s guidelines of recommending that pupils are kept off school for 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.

EYFS
Pupils in our Reception Class are dealt with by paediatric trained first aiders during school time and on school trips. Staff trained in this area are: Mrs Spencer, Mrs Seal, Mrs Jellicoe and Miss Grant.

Parents are informed of every accident or incident to their child in the EYFS and the first aid or medication that has been given.

Medicines
Pupils’ own medication can be administered in school only if prescribed by a member of staff who is authorised to do so (except for hayfever relief eye drops and anti hystamine), It is kept in the medical fridge in teh office area or  in and kept in the First Aid cupboard in the office area. Parents are asked to provide full written details of administration of the medication. In preparation for school residential trips parents sign a form if they consent to their son/daughter being given over the counter medication.

Pupils with existing Medical Conditions
Some pupils have specific medical problems/needs. Individualised care plans are drawn up in consultation with parents and pupils for those pupils with specific health needs such as diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy etc and circulated to relevant staff. Staff who are due to take pupils with medical conditions on educational visits are to discuss the pupil’s needs with the first aiders well in advance of the school trip, as set out in the AJS Trips and Excursions Policy. On some occasions it is appropriate to have a meeting with the staff member, the parents, pupil and the nurses prior to the trip.

Asthma
Pupils with asthma in key stage 2 should carry their inhalers with them at all times. Pupils in EYFS and key stage 1 have their inhalers kept in the classroom. Any administration of an inhaler is reported to parents.

Health Education
Health Education is an ongoing process. The school nurse is available to work with staff to help deliver Health Education.

School Nurse
Our school nurse is Mrs Helen Finland. She visits the school regularly. Mrs Finland can be contacted via the school office.

Anti-Bullying Policy

stopbullyDefinition of bullying
Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”.

Bullying can include: name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments,; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; inappropriate text messaging and electronic messaging (including through web-sites, Social Networking sites and Instant Messenger); sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

Forms of bullying covered by this Policy
Bullying can happen to anyone.  This policy covers all types of bullying including:
Bullying related to race, religion or culture.
Bullying related to special educational needs.
Bullying related to appearance or health conditions.
Bullying related to sexual orientation.
Bullying of young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances.
Sexist or sexual bullying.
Cyber bullying.

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE

In Pensby Primary school bullying and any other forms of intimidation will not be tolerated. The school community will treat each other with kindness and respect and all will care well for each other. All community members will come to school without fear and will be safe in school. Everyone will be vigilant and will intervene promptly to intervene if there are any signs or reports of bullying.

PURPOSE

  1. To ensure that all feel safe and free from bullying and intimidation.
  2. To build an ethos where learners feel safe, free from threat and intimidation.
  3. To promote good relationships where all are treated well and where learners care for each other.
  4. To act promptly and effectively at the first sign of bullying.
  5. To encourage learners and parents to report any attempted bullying.
  6. To protect and reassure any victims of bullying.
  7. To have effective sanctions to deter bullying and to have successful strategies to reform bullies.
  8. To make this a happy school that is free from bullying.

AIMS

  1. We will use our behaviour policy effectively to promote good behaviour so that there is an ethos where bullying is unacceptable.
  2. All will be expected to be vigilant and to intervene immediately and effectively if any bullying is observed or reported.
  3. Learners will be encouraged to report bullying and when they do so they will be listened to and taken seriously.
  4. Every allegation of bullying will be investigated and followed up.
  5. Any victim of bullying will be well-protected immediately and in the future.
  6. Any allegations of bullying will be reported to the headteacher.
  7. PSCHE and circle time will be used to discuss bullying and to ensure that all are aware that bullying is never acceptable and that the victim must always report it to parents, staff or friends.
  8. We will use the school’s discipline and rewards strategy to reinforce this anti-bullying policy.
  9. Learners and their parents will be made aware of this policy.
  10. The parents of all concerned will be informed and involved in any reported incident and will be expected to support this school policy.

SUMMARY

This school will have a warm, friendly, welcoming and safe ethos. It will be a place where bullying is not tolerated and where all will treat others as they themselves would expect to be treated.

Curriculum

 

The Curriculum at Pensby Primary School

Each year, in September, families are invited to class meetings where they learn about the curriculum and what will be happening in the classroom. From time to time, specific curriculum workshops are held for parents and families. OFSTED in 2017, judged the school to be ‘good’ in all aspects and commented on the varied and interesting curriculum we offer the children.

On Monday 11th January 2016, we were assessed against the Basic Skills Quality Mark Criteria and successfully met all elements. The full report can be downloaded here:

Pensby Primary BSQM Renewal 11.01.16

A further BSQM review meeting was held in April 2017 and the report can be downloaded here:

Pensby Primary BSQM review April 2017

In our school we have a Nursery facility, which is part of our Early Years (EYFS) Provision. In EYFS we follow the EYFS curriculum. Our Nursery is very much part of our school and links very closely to Reception class (which is the first year in school but also part of EYFS). Children in the Nursery are able to access their activities inside and outside the classroom in a purpose built and very well equipped environment.Our Nursery has 26 places in each session.

Nursery can also be called FS1 which is the first year of The Early Years Foundation Stage (The curriculum goals of Nursery are more specific than for childcare). These Early Learning Goals cover the main areas of education without being subject driven. These areas include:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Language, literacy and communication
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

Reception class is the first year of primary school. In our school we have one Reception class and the maximum number of pupils in the class is 30. In Reception class the curriculum is also based around the Early Learning Goals. Staff use well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, so the children can:

  • Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world
  • Practice and build up ideas, concepts and skills
  • Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules
  • Be alone, be alongside others, or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings
  • Take risks and make mistakes
  • Think creatively and imaginatively
  • Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems
  • Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.

These Early Learning Goals help practitioners to plan the learning environment and the activities provided within it, but this does not mean that children learn in these separate subject-based areas. Very often, a well-planned activity can promote children’s development and understanding in several areas simultaneously.

In Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2), the curriculum is broadly based, so that we can encompass a wide variety of experiences the children need to learn. We follow the National Curriculum. We try to include experiences that will help the children to develop intellectually, aesthetically, physically and spiritually. We plan our work deliberately to further these areas. High regard is given to the development of the intellectual skills, which are essential in all our work. It is vital that the children learn to convey their meaning clearly and accurately through speech and written English and that they learn to manipulate numbers with confidence and understanding and solve problems mathematically using the appropriate concepts. At all times we try to extend these skills in a realistic way, involving the children in first hand, meaningful experiences. Wherever possible we take the children out to explore their environment and help them respond to it creatively through the arts, mathematics, science and language. In this way, children develop the formal skills far more quickly and comprehensively.

In addition to these skills we aim to develop the children’s ability to observe carefully, record accurately and with sensitivity and to gain an understanding of their environment in a natural, geographic, historical and social way.

In Key stage 1, the children follow a structured approach to phonics. Phonics is taught daily. Our phonics policy can be found within our Writing policy, which is in the ‘Additional Policies’ section on the website and this details the schemes we use.

In lower key stage 2 (years 3 and 4), children continue to build on the KS1 curriculum. Key skills are taught through child initiated topics. Children develop their understanding of maths concepts and apply them through reasoning and problem solving activities. Guided reading and structured spelling/phonics programmes are taught regularly through the week. Children’s learning is enhanced through humanities, the arts PE and science, providing a broad and balanced curriculum. The structure of the day becomes increasingly defined, building on the structures introduced in EYFS and key stage 1. Daily lessons of basic maths, guided reading and phonics teaching are delivered. In line with school expectations, the children are taught handwriting through an agreed approach.

Years 5 and 6 form upper key stage 2. It is important that the children become increasing independent both socially and in their work by taking more responsibility for moving their learning forward. The demands of the curriculum steadily increase and build upon those already introduced in the school. Despite the need to prepare the children for national tests at the end of year 6, the staff strive to deliver a broad and very balanced curriculum through a topic and creative approach.

The teaching of phonics throughout the school is clearly structured and the schemes used are detailed in our policies. Our phonics policy can be found within our Writing policy, which is in the ‘Additional Policies’ section on the website and this details the schemes we use.

The teaching of reading is taught through an approach that aims to encourage a love and enjoyment of reading. The school has a wide variety of book schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Pocket Reads etc. The books are coded using the ‘Book Band’ scheme and the children are encouraged to choose their books within the Book Band. Guided reading takes place in each class at least 4 times a week We ask families to read with their children at least 3 times a week to practice the skills they have learnt. An overview of all subjects and how they are taught each term is available via the school office. Please ask for a copy of our ‘Long Term Plan’.

Our Key stage 2 results for 2016/17 are:

Year 6 SATs results 2016/17 (non validated)

% of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading 86%
% of pupils reaching the expected standard in writing 75%
% of pupils reaching the expected standard in maths 81%
% of pupils reaching the expected standard in English, Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling  75%
% pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths 64%
% of pupils reaching the the higher standard in reading, writing, maths 8%
Average progress in reading +2.5
Average progress in writing -1.5
Average progress in maths +0.3
% of pupils reaching a higher standard of attainment in reading 42%
% of pupils reaching a higher standard of attainment in writing 8%
% of pupils reaching a higher standard of attainment in maths 22%
% of pupils reaching the higher standard of attainment in English, Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling  39%
% of pupils reaching the higher standard of attainment in reading, writing and maths 6%
average scaled score in reading 107
average scaled score in maths 105
average scaled score in English, Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling  107

Further information on school performance can be found on the DFE website. Follow the link:

https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables

School Prospectus to download

School Prospectus to download

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important responsibilities you undertake. The purpose of this prospectus is to give you information about our school to help you make that choice.

Our school is a school that our children, staff and governors are proud of.

We strive to promote ethical and moral values throughout daily life. We provide a rich syllabus, which develops our children’s knowledge and understanding. However, more important to this school are those values, which we try to relate to all the aspects of our life within the community at large.

We are conscious of the necessity to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum and constantly review and evaluate the achievements of the school. We aim to provide high academic standards. Our school strives to achieve its aims through a strong partnership between governors, staff, children and parents. Most of our governors are parents or past parents. We believe that this improves the level of co-operation and the sense of shared commitment and responsibility.

We believe that we can only achieve the best for your child by close co-operation between home and school. Without the involvement of parents, our task is that much more difficult and less enjoyable. We hope that parents will take a close interest in what their children are doing in school and will encourage learning and its importance in later life.

We would be pleased to show parents around our school, so that the atmosphere and ethos can be experienced first hand. We welcome this as an opportunity to explain our aims and to be able to answer any questions that you may have.

Mrs K Brown

Headteacher

 

Our full prospectus is available to download from the link at the top of this page.

School Newsletters

NEWSLETTERS AND PENSBY POST

Pensby Post Summer 2017

 

We normally send out our newsletters every two weeks. You can read and download the latest newsletter here:

newsletter number 7 autumn term 2017

Pupil Survey 10 year anniversary garden 2017

Archived newsletters can be opened from the links below:

We hope you enjoy them. Please let us know what information you would like to see in the newsletters – we would love to hear your views and comments.

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