"Use the gifts God has given you"
1 Peter 4:10
Full Policy (including Exclusion Policy)
We aim to create a caring and calm environment and to promote the values of honesty, fairness and respect for others.
We aim to help children develop:
We aim, within the classroom situation to:
How we follow through misbehaviour issues can be seen in our Incidents Flowchart.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Wantage CE Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection and safeguarding. We aim to make children happy and secure in their environment so that they may grow socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally. The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
The atmosphere within our school is one that encourages all children to do their best. We provide opportunities that enable our children to take and make decisions for themselves. Our teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship (PSHCE), as part of the National Curriculum, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them. The PSHCE teaching includes units on themes and topics such as Health and well-being, Sex and Relationship Education, Stranger Danger and E-safety issues. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss issues in a safe-environment. Parents of older children, who undertake specific units of work on sex education, will be informed before the teaching takes place and have the opportunity to view teaching materials.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working on behalf of the school. It expects that everyone working in or for our School shares our commitment and the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse. Any concerns will be reported to the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher or School Office Manager, as senior designated persons for child protection.
This policy is intended to ensure that our children, staff, contractors and visitors are kept safe and secure whilst on-site.
This policy should benefit the users of our school site through:
•A consistent approach from the school and understood by all
•A safe environment
•A reduction in the risk to children, staff and visitors
Oxfordshire County Council and the Children’s Services Department strongly discourage dogs on school sites. It is recommended that schools strongly discourage parents from bringing dogs on site or from tying them up at the school entrance.
Following this guidance, it has been decided that dogs are not allowed onto the school grounds, with the exception of guide/assistance or specifically invited dogs. Dogs may be brought in to school as part of the curriculum or collective worship, following completion of an appropriate Risk Assessment. An individual risk assessment must be completed for each and every dog with permission to be on school grounds.
Having a Dog in School - Rationale (Full Rationale)
Children can benefit educationally and emotionally, increase their understanding of responsibility and develop empathy and nurturing skills, through contact with a suitable, calm dog.
In addition to these benefits, children take great enjoyment from interaction with animals. By having dogs in school we want to encourage those children specifically who are vulnerable, or those who are less confident with learning, to have a friendly audience and to look forward to a challenge, seeing it as a treat, because the task is done with a dog.
Having a dog in school can encourage reluctant children to come to school. Many children list their time spent reading to, working with or caring for a dog as their favourite time in the school week and many adults have fond memories of dogs at their own primary schools. The vast majority of dogs are gentle and loving, offering children opportunities to improve social development skills, unconditional acceptance and the chance to do something really well. For some children a dog will be a special friend, helping them to build self-esteem, relax and have fun. For others, time spent with a dog will be a reward for excellent effort with a difficult challenge.
We aim to: