Keeping our children safe
Our school prides itself on keeping our children, staff and families safe at all times. If you have any concerns about a child please contact the school on 0114 4798000 and speak to Mrs C Hodgkinson Designated Safeguarding Lead.
At Discovery Academy we promote to children that school is a safe place to make mistakes. We have a strong belief that children learn from the mistakes they make and it is our job as educators to use this policy in supporting them to put right what went wrong therefore allowing learning to happen. The whole school have a relentless focus on positive behaviour. Restorative practice is used across the whole school team.
At different times in a child’s life they will exhibit challenging behaviour for a whole host of reasons. It is key that we work together to find ways to help children deal with these challenges in a safe and positive way. Within school we have staff trained as Emotional Literacy Support Assistants and whole school training around Attachment and Trauma informs much of our practice in supporting positive behaviour.
At Discovery Academy we aim to meet the whole child’s needs through: The provision of a predictable and safe immersive environment that bases its curriculum on the nurture and wellbeing of pupils before we begin to work on academic skills.
The appropriate learning curriculum which has carefully-planned learning opportunities including the development of personalised wellbeing for every individual. It is through this pupil-centred and inclusive approach that pupils will learn to understand, manage and improve their own behaviour, and to build positive relationships with adults and other pupils.
The care team work closely with class teams, parents and external professionals to offer appropriate, personalised wellbeing interventions for children. These are monitored to measure impact and ensure our children can be happy and ready to learn. Please see the Behaviour Policy for more detail.
Wellbeing interventions include ;
Support for bereaved children and their families, Emotional Literacy Support, Forest schools, Art to Talk- creative intervention for self esteem, Sensory interventions, Self esteem groups, Play Support, Understanding and regulating my emotions, Girl/ Boy power group, 1:1 support, Theraplay and Triple P Parenting.
We take safeguarding pupils extremely serious at Discovery as all schools do. Staff are encouraged to have an open dialogue with parents and carers to ensure that we all keep your children safe from harm.
You can also get information from the following sources -
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline
Sheffield Safeguarding Partnership