Social and Emotional Needs

Social and Emotional Needs

The social and emotional well-being of all pupils underpins everything we do at Buckstone Primary School.

We aim to equip our pupils with the skills to lead successful and fulfilling lives by giving them self-confidence and the resilience to overcome difficulties. This is done through strategies such as our PSHE curriculum and after school clubs.

Many people at some time in their life experience difficulties with social, emotional and mental health. These may be caused by a specific event such as illness or changes within the family, or may be a result of a longer term condition. Children in school may express their feelings in a number of ways for example:

  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Getting angry.
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Friendship difficulties.

Many problems can be overcome with the support of the class teachers and other staff throughout the school.

All staff including teachers, support staff are vigilant in recognising children’s’ needs and responding to them . Most issues can be resolved when the child speaks to a trusted adult, and it is vital that parents talk to school if there is a problem. Parents should also  encourage their child to speak to someone in school as soon as a problem arises. There are strategies in place throughout the school where children can post a note to a teacher if they need help, such us bubbles or worry boxes.

If more support is needed children can access this through the Support for Learning Team who meet regularly to plan the best way to help individual children. The team may offer:

  • Further advice to you and the adults working with your child.
  • A personalised behaviour plan.
  • Support from a learning mentor.
  • Participation in a specific group eg. Social skills group.
  • Access to the nurture room.
  • Support for the family.