Pastoral Care

Pastoral Support Team

Alison Hayward and Michelle Ward work together as our Pastoral Support Team.  They provide a range of services to support children and their families in line with the National Nurturing Schools Programme. You can follow them on Twitter @BeechfieldPST

We are embedding the Six Principles of Nurture across the school and amongst all stakeholders to develop a nurturing culture that promotes healthy outcomes for children by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning.

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  • Language is a vital form of communication
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transitions in children’s life.

Our Pastoral Team is lead by Pastoral Lead Alison Hayward.

About Alison:

I joined Beechfield School in May 2019 having worked at a secondary school in Harrow in Pastoral Care for 3 years. Prior to this, I worked as a Detective in the Metropolitan Police for 12 years having graduated from the University of Lincoln with a Degree in Criminology and Social Policy. I have 2 young children, so understand some of the challenges faced by both pupils and families alike. As soon as I saw the Pastoral Lead role I knew it was the job for me because I wanted to support both children and their families and help them overcome barriers to learning in a nurturing and therapeutic way. I am particularly passionate about Mental Health and the importance of positive mental health for staff and children alike.  I love working in partnership with the other schools in the Trust, external partners and the wider community and strongly believe this collaboration leads to improved life outcomes for all the children.  

 

Whole School Interventions and strategies

Calm Start

 

 

A small group of invited children meet every morning to welcome each other and complete a calming activity to settle in readiness for the school day.

 

Protective Behaviours

A safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children to recognise any situation where they feel worried or unsafe and explores practical ways to keep safe and identify support networks for times when we need help.

Zones of Regulation

A whole school approach to developing emotional literacy. The Zones of Regulation is used to teach children self-control and how to self-regulate using strategies or tools to help them move between the 4 coloured zones.

Blue – sad, upset – rest.

Green – happy, calm – ready to go.

Yellow – nervous, worried – slow down.

Red – angry, aggressive - stop

Treehouse Lunch Club

 

A targeted provision for children who find lunchtimes difficult or a challenge and children with medical needs. It provides a calm space to read, draw or play games

Attachment and Trauma Awareness project

Staff have received training in attachment theory. We are taking part in DSPL9’s 3 year Attachment Project. Mrs Hayward is the attachment lead in school.

Classrooms provide safe spaces – a cosy corner, where a child can take themselves when they need to self-regulate into a calmer state. Children can also use Beechfield Bungalow (our pastoral support room) when they need some support to co-regulate with – Miss Ward or Mrs Hayward.

5 Keys to Wellbeing

 

 

 

Focussing on small improvements in wellbeing to help decrease some mental health problems and help pupils to flourish:

Be active, Give, Connect, Keep learning, Take notice

 

Children's Parliament

Children meet to discuss specific issues. During these

sessions pupils have the opportunity to voice their ideas,

thoughts and feelings. Year 6 children will take notes and

feed these back to the leadership team who will implement ideas where possible and feed back to children in assembly and to parents/carers in future newsletters

Herts Steps Approach

A therapeutic behaviour approach endorsed by HCC. It uses techniques to de-escalate a situation before a crisis occurs and, where a crisis does occur, it adopts strategies to reduce the risk of harm.

Growth Mindset

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset. We develop a growth mindset by embracing challenges outside what we believe we are capable of and persevering, not giving up and learning from our mistakes.

Visual Timetable

Every classroom has a visual timetable that enables children to understand the structure and sequence of the school day which can reduce anxiety levels. Pictures are used to represent the lessons and activities.

The Pastoral team can access external agencies, arrange meetings and work alongside families to reach a good outcome.  They work with children in school to help them access all aspects of school life; learning, social, play and achieving greater emotional resilience.

 Alison Hayward, Pastoral Team Leader

Email: alison.hayward@beechfield.herts.sch.uk

@BeechfieldPST