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Pupil and Family Support

 

Contact Mrs Smith on 613906 or email her at

dsmith@st-johnsouthworth.lancs.sch.uk

 

 

 

Mrs. D Smith, is our Pupil & family support manager.

Mrs. Smith works Tuesday - Friday  and is based in an office ajcacent to the hall, she also has a room called chill and chat which is a relaxing and calming place for working with children.

Her Role in school is :

To support the behaviour, pastoral and welfare support for learning, addressing the needs of children who need support.

To support and guide all staff, including MDSAs, working with the children during lunchtime.

To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school.

To provide counselling, one to one or small groups for those children identified with the greatest need that is adversely affecting their learning.

To develop good relationships with parents/carers of children at the school and encourage parental involvement in the school and its activities;

To be proactive and inclusive in identifying needs, and support children and families with information, advice and guidance in parent-craft and children’s upbringing.

To investigate concerns raised by parents, pupils and teachers in consultation with the Head teacher.

To maintain regular contact with families/carers, to keep them informed of the child’s needs and progress and to secure positive family support and involvement. Mrs. Smith is the deputy designated child protection lead person alongside the Head.

 

Family Support Drop-in:

Every first Friday in the month, drop in for a friendly chat or for any advice and support needed.

Children’s Support Drop-in:

Every Friday lunchtime starting on the 28th February, this is a new idea and its aim is to listen to any pupils (year 3-6) who have any worries or concerns at school or at home. There is also a post box outside the chill and chat room for any concerns to be posted.

Attendance

Mrs. Smith monitors the attendance of pupils and contacts parents if there is a concern.

Pupil Attendance – Leave in Term Time

The Government has amended key legislation relating specifically to the authorisation of leave in term time which comes into force on 1st September 20131. This decision has been made to encourage schools to take a firmer stance on unnecessary absence and to dispel the myth held by many parents that there is an entitlement to time off school for holidays in term time.

As of 1st September 2013 Head teachers cannot authorise any leave of absence during term time unless they are satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to warrant the granting of leave.

Unauthorised leave may result in a penalty notice being issued.

However an application form for leave must be completed for any leave requested.

Persistent Absence

Schools are 'measured' on their whole school attendance rate, and the level of persistent absentees within school. A persistently absent pupil is one whose attendance is at or below 85% at any point during the academic year. Schools should aim to intervene to improve a pupil's attendance prior to them becoming a 'persistent absentee'. The following thresholds are intended as a guide as to when a pupil may be classed as a persistent absentee and are roughly equivalent to an attendance rate of 85% at certain points throughout the year:

Half term 1: 10 sessions of absence

Half term 2: 22 sessions of absence

Half term 3: 30 sessions of absence

Half term 4: 38 sessions of absence

Half term 5: 46 sessions of absence

Past Team

Pupils with poor attendance may be referred to the PAST team.

PAST workers work directly with pupils and families to support schools in improving the attendance of individual pupils, when existing school strategies have failed to make an improvement.

Penalty Notices

Penalty notices are fines that can be issued to parents by the Local Authority for their child’s irregular school attendance. The notice will state the fine payable and the timescales for doing so (if paid within 21 days £60/ £120 if paid within 28 days). All payments are made to the Local Authority.

Penalty notices provide an alternative to prosecution and enable parents to discharge potential liability for conviction for an offence by paying the penalty.

 

 

How do I apply for free school meals?

To apply, one option is to  contact your Area Education Office by phone (for details see the Contacts tab above).  If you provide them with your name, date of birth and National Insurance number they can immediately check your entitlement via the DFE Electronic free school meals checking service. 

Alternatively, you can complete an application form. These are available from Mrs Smith or your local Area Education Office, or a downloadable from below. (click on link) Mrs Smith is available with any help you need completing this form.

The completed application form should be sent to 

Area Education Office East

Pupil Access Team
Lancashire County Council
44 Union Street
Accrington
Lancashire
BB5 1PL

 

Free_School_Meals_Form.pdf