Pastoral Care Our children’s happiness and wellbeing is paramount and it’s a high priority for Coleham to invest in key staff to support our children and families. Pastoral support always begins in the classroom and the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistants pay a key role in supporting children with behaviour, personal development, emotions, self esteem, resilience and any worries they may have. Sometimes extra support is needed and class teachers will recommend children for short term, specific pastoral interventions. Parents will always be informed of these. Meet our friendly and dedicated Pastoral Care Team: Mrs Nash, our Pastoral Leader, is a Designated Safeguarding Lead in school leading on Safeguarding issues and Early Help Intervention required for families. She also runs ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) Interventions for children and delivers a range of targeted interventions throughout school, which can include: building self-esteem and resilience; helping children build positive relationships and overcome barriers to learning; supporting families through changes such as bereavement or family break up; anxiety; supporting children’s transition to new classes/schools; supporting children at break and lunchtimes with friendship issues; and other social and emotional needs. Mrs Nash is trained in Early Help Support and can signpost families to the right support when it is needed. A parent support group, “Understanding Your Child”, is held at school yearly. This is a confidential and supportive network to chat about the everyday struggles of parenting and raising children as well as a source of advice. The course would benefit any parent/carer and provides an outlet to reflect on our actions, understand our child, empathise with a child’s point of view, learn new strategies and receive general support. The feedback from previous parents has been very positive: “I feel more in control and able to understand the thoughts and feelings of my child.” “I’s been fantastic, very supportive.” “I feel more confident as a parent.” “I really learnt the value of play and the impact that not playing will have on a child.” “It made me think about situations from a child’s point of view.” Looking after the staff and children matters to us at Coleham and Mrs Nash is a key member of our Staff Wellbeing Committee. Mrs Nash is an accredited Mental Health First Aider and is certified to teach Mindful Resilience. She is championing this throughout school, supporting staff to deliver a range of mindful activities including guided meditation, mindful movement and journaling. If you would like to speak with Mrs Nash please make an appointment via the school office. Our Nurture Provision Miss Mills is our Nurture Lead. Miss Mills is very experienced in supporting children’s social/emotional needs and understanding their unique barriers to learning. Miss Mills is leading our specialist full time nurture provision for a small group of children located in the Coach House. This provides a calming space for a tailored curriculum and home from home environment. Miss Jorge is supporting Miss Mills and providing nurture provision in Key Stage 1. We are so very lucky to have such dedicated staff supporting our children.