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Emotional well-being

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

• Shakespeare Infant school is an outstanding school where children thrive socially emotionally and academically. We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity. All staff believe that children having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s well-being. We have a caring, understanding team looking after our children who feel safe, happy and valued as individuals.

• The class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral, medical and social care of children in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required, the class teacher liaises with the SENCo for further advice and support. This may involve working alongside outside agencies for example: Health and Social Services, the Behaviour Support Team and Educational Psychologists.


• The school also has an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who at Shakespeare Infant school is also the SENCo, she works with vulnerable children and parents during the school day.


All children should be nurtured in accordance with their individual needs. There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract  from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others.


Our ELSA has received six days of additional training from educational psychologists on aspects of emotional literacy including emotional awareness, self-esteem, anger management, social and friendship skills, social communication difficulties, loss, bereavement and family break-up.  She receives supervision from educational psychologists once every half term in a local group.  We may also ask an educational psychologist to advise the ELSA on how to support a pupil for whom there is particular concern.


Shakespeare school has a parent support advisor Theresa Holman. She is based at Crestwood College, working across Crestwood College, Shakespeare Infants, Shakespeare Juniors and the Crescent School. Her role involves delivering Triple P (a Positive Parenting Program)  for parents of Primary School children, along with various workshops on a range of topics. She works as the home/school link and will endeavor to support families with advice, referrals to agencies when needed and assist in ways that will help students and their families to achieve positive outcomes.


• Shakespeare Infant School is a safe place for children to attend. It has a caring ethos and prioritises the safeguarding of all children at all times. The safety and safeguarding of our children is of utmost importance. Please refer to safeguarding policy.


•We ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment. We have in place the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure this is maintained.



• As a school we have a positive approach to managing children’s behaviour with a clear whole school behaviour policy based on reward and appropriate sanctions, that is followed by all staff and pupils. The children’s behaviour and manners at Shakespeare infant are as a result excellent.


• If a child has significant behavioural difficulties a detailed Individual Behaviour Management Plan (IBMP) is written alongside the child and parents.



•It may be necessary to seek the advice of the Educational psychologist and or The Primary Behaviour Service “a team of dedicated practitioners with extensive experience working in Hampshire primary schools to promote children’s’ positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing.

•For further information please refer to our Behaviour management policy


•Excellent attendance and punctuality are crucial to a child’s success. Parents and carers are responsible for their child's level of attendance and punctuality. The designated member of staff will check registers daily regarding attendance. A good level of attendance is 95% and above. Parents must inform school if their child is ill before the beginning of the school day. If school have not heard from parents, they will contact parents during that morning. School will instigate appropriate and relevant action if a child’s attendance continues to be a concern which may result in formal and legal proceedings


• The school has a policy regarding the administration and managing of prescription medicines on the school site. Please refer to our medicines in school policy.


• Parents need to personally contact the admin team and complete the appropriate paper work for prescribed medication to be administered.


• Staff we have regular training and updates of conditions and medication affecting individual children so that all staff are able to manage medical situations.


•Asthma inhalers are kept in class for children to be able to access when needed. Parents will need to complete the appropriate paper work at the school office if their child uses an inhaler. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure the inhaler is in date and make replacements.