AGM Report 2016/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELMONT  PRIMARY  SCHOOL

 

215 Belmont Road  Belfast  BT4 2AG

 

www.belmontprimary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Report of the Board of Governors

 

for the school year September 2016 -  August 2017

 

The Department of Education has now stated that schools no longer need to hold an AGM to discuss the annual report.  However, if there are any issues in this report that parents would like more information on, please contact the school to arrange a meeting or put remarks in writing to the Board of Governors through

Mrs O McIlroy, Secretary to the Board of Governors.

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS  FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2015/2016

 

BELFAST EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARD REPRESENTATIVES

Mrs G McDougall (Chair)                                                                            

Mr C Dowling (Vice Chair) 

TRANSFERORS REPRESENTATIVES

Rev J Auchmuty

Mrs L Martin

Mrs H Gourley

PARENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES

Mrs R McCrea

Mrs A Morris

TEACHERS’ REPRESENTATIVE

Mrs H McKittrick

Secretary to the Board of Governors

Mrs O McIlroy (Principal)                                                                            

Membership of Finance and Salaries Sub Committee

Mrs G McDougall (Chair)

Mr C Dowling

Mrs R McCrea

Mrs L Martin

Rev J Auchmuty 

Appeals Sub-Committee

Rev J Auchmuty

Mrs A Morris

Appointments Sub-Committee

Mrs H Gourley

Mrs A Morris

Mrs H McKittrick

Mrs G McDougall

Mrs L Martin

Mr C Dowling

 

Members are appointed or elected to serve on the Board of Governors for a period of four years.  The term of office of the current governors runs from 2014-2018.  Towards the end of this term of office the school will organise elections for new parent governors.  All parents with parental responsibility have the opportunity to stand for election and /or to vote.  Governors are responsible for the following :-

·       the delegated budget

·       admissions of pupils

·       appointments of staff

·       maintenance and safety of premises

·       oversight of the curriculum

 

Boards of Governors are required to meet once per term or more often as required.  In the year 2016-2017 the governors met on 7 occasions, including sub-committee meetings.  Governors attended a number of training sessions. 

 

The governors aim to enrich each child’s experience at Belmont by providing varied activities inside and outside the classroom.  In this respect we are grateful to the many parents who have helped the school by making their expertise available to us.  Every year the PTA has made a valuable contribution to our school funds and at this time of stress in the school’s budget we appreciate the generosity of the PTA in their fundraising efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance  Committee  Report

It is the role of this committee to monitor the budget on behalf of the Board of Governors and report to them at each board meeting.  The committee may also make recommendations for consideration by the full board.  During 2016/2017 the committee monitored the school budget of £748,709, advising the board when it was necessary to make adjustments under various budget headings.  The school took steps to make savings where possible but ensured that these steps were not detrimental to pupils. The budget position at the end of March was £32,310 in credit.  Details are as follows:-

 

Salaries and Wages for all teaching and non-teaching staff                                  £692,483

Premises, fixed plant and grounds                                                                              £ 22,154

Operating Costs                                                                                                              £ 10,889

Other recurrent expenses, Non Capital Purchases                                                   £   1,264

Capital Expenditure                                                                                                       £ 10, 031

Income from letting of facilities and other income                                                                                       £20,422

 

Security of Pupils and Staff/Accessibility

The Board of Governors sought to ensure the safety of all the pupils and staff in the school.  The excellent safety features incorporated in the school have contributed to this ie

·       a door entry system with cameras and monitors

·       increased CCTV cameras for the exterior of the school building

·       individual external doors to classrooms which can only be opened from the inside or externally with a key

·       an advanced fire alarm system, fire extinguishers and fire doors which are regularly checked

·       clear exit signs

·       an intruder alarm system

·       Fingershields fitted to high and medium risk doors

·       Two sets of gates erected on the school site.

The pupils were encouraged to move safely inside the school and in the playground.  All cleaning materials were stored out of reach of the pupils and all equipment and systems were checked regularly.

There was a high level of supervision of children at all times by the principal, the teaching staff, classroom assistants and 9 supervisory assistants. 

 

Maintenance and Safety of Premises

During 2016/2017 only essential maintenance was carried out due to financial constraints.  A new posi-flush system was installed to decrease water usage in the school.  The governors continue to report any problems or recommendations to EA - B regarding the school’s facilities.

 

Ethos and Pastoral Care Policy

The school’s ethos statement outlined the approaches taken to develop and sustain a positive ethos in which the children could develop and learn with confidence.  The anti-bullying policy highlighted the school’s ongoing commitment to the prevention of bullying through positive means.  Children were encouraged to care about each other and their teachers and kind actions and words were praised and rewarded.  There was a high level of supervision and swift intervention when situations showed any sign of deterioration.  The staff were pleased to report that relationships were good, self esteem high and only a few minor incidents were noted.  Parents were encouraged to discuss any concerns they had at an early stage so that action could be taken quickly.

 

Enrolment and Admissions

85 pupils were admitted to Primary 1 with a total enrolment of 255 pupils. 

 

Child Protection Statement

Governors adhered to the Child Protection Guidance set out in the DENI publication “Pastoral Care In Schools - Child Protection”.  A policy is in place.  This was updated in November 2016 and copies were made available to all parents.  A full copy was given to parents of P1 children and a summary sheet was distributed to all other parents.  The child protection policy is available for inspection in the policy file in the entrance hall of the school and on the school website.  All staff and several governors have been trained in child protection procedures.  The school’s designated teacher was the principal Mrs O McIlroy and the deputy designated teacher Mrs J Campbell. 

 

STAFF AT BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL  -  2016/2017

Principal:    Mrs O F McIlroy

P1           Mrs M Campbell                                                 Mrs L Wilson                       Classroom Assistant

                                                                               

P1           Mrs J Campbell                                                   Miss Phillips                            Classroom Assistant

                                                                                               

P1           Mrs L Jackson                                                     Mrs J Shields                          Classroom Assistant

                                                                                                                                                 

P2          Miss L Boyce                                                       Mrs A Calvert                        Classroom Assistant

                                                                                               

P2          Mrs G Scholes                                                      Mrs P Murray                        Classroom Assistant

                                                                                                Ms R Hammond                   Classroom Assistant (Special Needs)

                                                                                               

P2           Mrs D Graham                                                    Mrs D Quinn                          Classroom Assistant

                                                                                                Mrs M Black                          Classroom Assistant (Special Needs)

P3           Mrs H McKittrick/Mrs Coulter                         Miss C Murray                      Classroom Assistant (Special Needs)

P3          Miss J Gorman                                                                                                      

P3          Mrs J Sandikli                                                     

Special Needs Teacher                                                       Mrs L Caithness

School Secretary                                                                  Mrs H Harrison/Mrs N Ferguson

Clerical Officer (Part-Time)                                              Mrs G Dowling

Building Supervisor                                                            Mr B Keenan

School Cleaners                                                                   Mr W Tanner, Mrs J Hegarty

Supervisory Assistants (Lunchtime)  Mrs M McCallum   Mrs G McKay  Miss J Phillips   

Mrs C Watkins  Mrs S Sweet,  Mrs Quinn, Mrs Calvert, Mrs Pettigrew, Mrs Grummitt

 

SCHOOL  REPORT

Belmont Primary School aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the Education (NI) Order 2006.  Pupils are taught Literacy, Numeracy, the World Around Us (Science, History and Geography), the Arts (Art, Music and Drama), Personal Development, RE and Physical Movement.  ICT is used across the curriculum.  Standardised test scores in Literacy and Numeracy showed that many of our children were achieving excellent or above average standards.  Teachers plan their work in year groups on a half-termly and weekly basis.  Each area of study is supported by a designated co-ordinator.  The principal and management team take overall responsibility for curriculum decisions.

 

The school’s curricular development is set out in a 3-year development plan which covers 2015-2018.  The areas highlighted for further development in 2016/2017 were using Maths, using Literacy and using ICT across the curriculum, including play and activity based learning.  Work continued on effective strategies to assist children with barriers to learning and on those underachieving in literacy or numeracy.  The children’s learning was facilitated through class, group and individual teaching.  Small groups were supported in early mathematical development and in the extension of reading skills.  A small number of children benefited from extra reading practice from Harberton Outreach.  All classroom assistants received updated ASD training from Oakwood. 

 

 

 

We continued our focus on healthy lifestyles by encouraging healthy breaks and exercise.  Sponsored healthy breaks were organised and a walking bus initiative again took place.  A Healthy Living Roadshow, led by Miss Boyce, visited all classes.  We also continued to focus on environmental issues.  The pupils took part in an environmental workshop.  Our Eco Committee, consisting of pupils, parents and staff, met once per month and was extremely successful. 

 

Last year we contributed to the ongoing professional development of teachers and classroom assistants by providing training placements.  In 2016/2017 we had 2 PGCE students from Stranmillis University College.  We also hosted 2 exchange students from a North/South initiative 3 weeks and had weekly visits from students at Strathearn School.

 

Pupils were admitted to Primary One from fourteen different settings.  Most settings sent written assessments of the stage of the pupil’s learning.  The principal contacted the major providers ie those who sent a large group of pupils and discussed the children’s progress with them.  Nursery teachers and one playgroup leader visited the school. 

 

Links with Strandtown continued with regular liaison between P3 and P4 staff to exchange verbal and written information.  The P3 pupils walked to Strandtown for a visit in June.  The majority of pupils transferred to Strandtown.  Parents were invited to Strandtown for a general information evening and to meet their child’s next teacher.  Whole school curricular links continued to develop with Literacy, Numeracy, WAU, ICT and Special Needs clusters meeting during the year.

 

Evaluations of current practice took place at many levels.  Teachers and non-teaching staff evaluated pupil progress and curricular activities on a regular basis.  Data collected by teacher generated and by commercial assessments hightlighted the very high level of progress made by our pupils.  Parents were given the opportunity to respond in parent questionnaires. 

 

Activities and Visits

Once again all pupils had opportunities to benefit from educational visits and visitors to their classrooms.  These were all connected to their class topics and to a range of curricular areas.

 

Primary 1 had several visitors to support their “People Who Help Us” topic and had 5 visits from Jump, Jiggle and Jive.  They visited Streamvale Farm in June. 

 

Primary 2 walked to Belmont Park, and Belmont Road shops.  They visited Tesco in January and Exploris in May.  They had a visit from Hedgehog Rescue, Vets 4 Pets and Cats Protection.  They also had weekly IFA coaching.

 

Primary 3 went to Victoria Park, Belmont Park, the Ulster Folk Museum, Pizza Express and Mount Stewart.  They had visits from Ulster Wildlife Trust, Konflux Theatre and Zoolab.  They also had a number of Dance Drama sessions.

 

Performances for all pupils included “Robin Hood”, Blackberry Farm and Energy Fitness.  There were annual visits from the School Nurse, local clergy and our photographer.  Parents and children visited our Book Fair and bought books together.  A dads’ reading week was also organised.

The children participated regularly in Assemblies sharing their work with the other classes.

 

Primary 3 pupils began Spanish during school time from November and also learned to play the recorder.  Tennis, Football Art and Golf were provided for P2 and P3 pupils after school one day per week.  After school clubs for Games, Dance, Earth and Healthy Eating were well attended by Primary 3 pupils.  Some of our pupils had the opportunity to perform in the Belfast Board’s Dance FestivalSome of our pupils performed in the Ulster Hall with Fitness Freddy in June.  All pupils also attended a Quantum Theatre Maths Show.

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Consultations

Primary 1 parents had an interview in Term 1 as part of the school’s baseline procedures.  There was a further verbal report on progress to P1 parents in February and a written progress report (pupil profile) in June 2016.

 

Primary 2 and 3 parents had two consultations with teachers in September and February.  A written report giving details of progress was sent to parents in June 2017.  Special Needs interviews with Mrs Caithness also took place in September, February and June.  Parents were aware that further appointments were available to see Mrs McIlroy, Mrs Caithness or the class teacher for further discussion if required.  Each parent was givern the opportunity to fill in a questionnaire to inform future practices.

 

Parental Partnership

There were a number of opportunities for parents to come in to school to support their children and get to know the school better.

·       Parents were invited for a cup of tea or coffee as they settled their child into P1

·       Information sessions for each year group took place in September

·       The children invited their parents to visit their classrooms before Christmas to see their art and design work and have refreshments afterwards.

·       Parents ran a three day Book Fair in March and a large number of parents attended with their children.

·       P1 pupils shared their Animal performance with their parents in June.

·       P2 pupils shared their Nativity performance with parents during their Christmas classroom visit.

·       The P3 prizegiving was very well attended as usual.  Each child received a book and a bookmark for working hard.  The children sang in Spanish, played recorder, danced and presented a drama for their parents.  Everyone enjoyed this annual event.

Parents helped us in many ways during the year:-

·       accompanying children on school trips

·       supporting work in the classroom on a regular basis

·       organising the school library

·       running the Book Fair

·       serving on our school ECO committee and assisting with environmental initiatives

·       talking to pupils about their work eg doctor, theatre nurse

·       providing art and design opportunities

·       bringing pets for topic work and/or clubs

·       providing extra reading opportunities

·       Many parents also made a substantial addition to the school’s finances through a voluntary contribution of £25 per family ( a total of £4,169 was donated during the school year).

The school circulated booklets for each of the three year groups to parents to explain and advise on ways to help children with literacy and numeracy skills. 

 

Parent/Teacher Association

Through the social and fundraising events of the PTA and with the generosity of its supporters £9,300 was raised during 2016/2017.  This money, raised entirely through voluntary contribution, goes directly towards satisfying specific needs of the pupils at the school and allows the teachers to identify areas of need which may not normally be addressed through the statutory funding arrangements.

 

In 2016/2017 the PTA paid for 3 Activ Panels in our P3 classrooms and also a defibrillator for the school.  P3 books for Prize Day were also provided. 

 

Events organised included the Annual Fair, Christmas activity afternoons, Opera House Pantomime Outing, an Energy Fitness morning, a Kildare Shopping Trip, P3 Year Books, the annual family Barbecue, cinema nights, a pyjama party and a table quiz.  Cash for Clobber collections were also arranged.  We are extremely grateful to all those members of the PTA who organised these events and also assisted the school in many other ways.  The PTA remains an effective way of engendering healthy parent/teacher relations and allowing parents to take an active role in raising much needed funds for the education of their children.

 

 

 

 

 

Charities

The school continued to sponsor a school in Ghana – Pelungu Primary School, sending £250 to Link Community Development.  By holding a charity day in June, £2,337 was raised for Childrens Heartbeat Trust.  Money was also collected for the Poppy collection and for our visitors from Kenya..

 

Special Educational Needs

Staff worked closely with the special needs co-ordinator/ teacher to implement the Code of Practice.  Children were supported within their own classes through differentiated work.  Those who needed further help had a planned programme of work outside the classroom which was linked to the programme within the classroom.  Mrs Caithness worked with groups of children on areas of literacy.  Parents were offered regular interviews to discuss progress towards individually set targets.  There was in school support for pupils for whom English is an Additional Language.  Outreach support was given by Harberton Special School.

 

Target maths activities were also carried out by the P2 classroom assistants to enable children to develop confidence and accuracy working with numbers.  Maths Recovery sessions were also organised for small groups of P3 pupils to assist with numeracy skills. 

 

All children received activities to challenge them at the level of their ability.

 

Attendance

Pupils attended well throughout the year.  The average attendance was 97.4%.  The attendance of a few children was erratic and this was discussed by the principal with the Education Welfare Officer at regular meetings.

 

School Nurse/Dentist

We received support from our school nurse who prepared Action Plans for children with nut allergies.  All staff received their annual training in the management of this condition in school.  She also conducted P1/2 health checks and offered advice to parents on a number of early years health issues.  Flu jabs were offered to all pupils.

 

School Website

The school website includes many useful dates, policies and information.  The website address is www.belmontprimary.org.

 

 

 

Complaints Policy

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

COMPLAINTS POLICY

 

Any complaint made by a parent will be dealt with swiftly in the following way:-

 

  • Teachers will deal with minor day to day complaints or concerns as they arise.  If time is required to investigate the matter the parent will be given a specific time for a later response and/or meeting.  The teacher will make brief notes

     

  • Teachers will inform the principal of any complaint they deem to be serious or of a more complex nature.

     

  • The principal will usually respond within 24 hours to any request for a meeting or a telephone discussion about a problem.

     

  • All complaints are taken seriously and treated with respect.  Parents are encouraged to approach the principal or the class teacher at an early stage of a concern rather than waiting until it has developed further.  They are reminded of this option through parent meetings, the annual report and the prospectus.  If the class teacher and principal cannot satisfactorily resolve a situation then parents are informed of their right to put the complaint to the board of governors and after that to the Education Authority and to the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman. 

     

    It is hoped that parents will feel enough confidence in the school to be able to talk any problems through with the class teacher, vice principal or principal and have their concerns dealt with to their satisfaction in this way.

     

    2010 - 2017 :  No complaints about pupils, their progress or well-being taken to Board of Governor level.

     

     

    Updated April 2017

Health and Safety Policy

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

 

The objective of this policy is to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that no person is placed in a position where injury or ill health is caused as a result of the building or any procedures/practices carried out within the school.

 

The Governors, principal and senior management team will pay particular attention to the provision and maintenance of the following -

 

  • a safe and healthy working environment with safe access and exits

  • well maintained plant, equipment and systems

  • safe storage of substances eg cleaning and equipment

  • information and/or training which will allow all employees to avoid hazards and contribute positively to health and safety at work.

     

    The Board of Governors will carry out an annual inspection of premises.

     

    The board of governors delegate to the principal the day to day responsibility for and management of health and safety.  She is designated Health and Safety Co-ordinator and will take on the responsibilities laid down in Section 7 of the Board’s Health and Safety manual.

     

    The principal and senior management team will monitor health and safety throughout the year.  Each member of staff will be vigilant in health and safety matters and report any hazards to the principal immediately.  In the absence of the principal these should be reported to the vice principal or any member of SMT.

     

    Advice will be sought from the Education Authority or other relevant bodies as necessary.

     

    This policy is based on the BELB Health and Safety in Education (1997) Manual.

     

     

    ACCIDENTS

    All accidents will be recorded on an accident form as soon as is practical and a copy will be sent to the Education Authority.

    A copy of the forms will be retained at school. All accidents will result in an accident slip being filled in to alert parents.  Where injury may need more than basic first aid and or where a head injury is involved, parents will be phoned immediately.

    FIRE SAFETY

    The school has an upgraded alarm system and fire extinguishers.  These will be serviced annually and any fault will be reported immediately and remedied quickly.  There will be termly practice fire drills.  Zones and fire alarm panels are checked by the caretaker on a weekly basis and recorded in the Fire Safety folder.

    All safety signs will be regularly checked.

     

    ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

    An up to date inventory of all electrical equipment will be maintained.

    All electrical equipment will be checked annually.

    PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) and the necessary recommendations will be put into place.

     

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION EQUIPMENT

    All PE equipment will be checked annually.

    Mats will be kept in designated store.

    Only adults ie teachers, classroom assistants and the caretaker will set up or put away benches, climbing equipment etc. The trim trail will be checked each Monday morning for vandalism or wear and tear. Signs will be used to prevent usage at times of bad weather.

     

    BUILDING REPAIRS

    The governors will inspect the building annually, usually in June.  They will note any necessary repairs and report these to the board.  The principal will liaise with the relevant board officers to arrange for the work to be carried out.  Only contractors recognised/identified by EA-B will be used.  While they are on the school’s premises the principal and caretaker will as far as practicable ensure that they carry out their tasks safely.  Suitable times when pupils are not on the premises will be arranged for particularly hazardous repairs.  The principal will take responsibility for day to day decisions about repairs.

     

    CARETAKING/CLEANING

  • Training will be provided for the caretaker on a regular basis

  • All cleaning equipment and substances will be kept in the caretaker’s store and used only by authorised persons.

  • Only essential cleaning will be carried out in classrooms while pupils are present eg mopping up of water or when a child has been sick.  All other cleaning of classrooms, shared play areas will be carried out after 2.15 pm (P1 area) or 2.30 pm (P2 and P3 areas).  Administration areas may be cleaned during school hours.  Toilets are cleaned after break, after lunch and after school closure.

  • The outside areas will be kept clean and free from hazards

  • Litter will be regularly removed as will debris left by intruders at weekends etc

  • Fences, gates etc will be kept in good order

  • Lifting regulations (see caretaker manual) will be adhered to

  • No items will be stored in the boilerhouse or electrical room.

     

    This is a general policy - it will be used in conjunction with the Health and Safety Manual for principals and governors(BELB) and the BELBclean caretaker’s manual.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Updated September 2016

Child Protection Policy 2016/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

 

 

 

Name of Designated Teacher for Child Protection: Mrs O McIlroy

Name of Deputy DT: Mrs J Campbell

Name of Designated Governor: Mrs L Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most recent update: 2016/2017

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

 

SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

 

We, the governors, principal and staff of Belmont Primary School have a responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our charge.  We will carry out those responsibilities by providing a caring, supportive and safe environment in which each individual may develop his/her full potential.  Through the curriculum we will encourage the development of high levels of self-esteem and confidence because we believe that this lays the foundation for the child to be able to keep him/herself safe.

 

All staff and volunteers have been subject to appropriate background checks.  We have also adopted a Code of Conduct for our behaviour towards pupils.  The purpose of the following procedures on Child protection is to protect our pupils by ensuring that everyone who works in our school has clear guidance on the action which is required where abuse or neglect of a child is suspected.

 

The welfare of each child is our paramount consideration and all steps are taken to safeguard children’s welfare.  The school has a safeguarding Team, made up of the Principal/ Designated teacher, the deputy designated teacher, the Chair and designated member of the board of governors.

 

The school has a duty to refer issues regarding children’s welfare and child protection on to the relevant bodies.  The Department of Education has issued detailed guidance on dealing with all aspects of Child Protection in ‘Pastoral Care in Schools - Child Protection (1999)’. The “ACPC Regional policy and Procedures”, issued by the DHSSPS IN 2005, provides guidance on inter-agency working.  We have based our policy on these guidelines.  The policy also takes account of the underpinning principles of the Children (NI) Order 1995.  All DENI circulars are also adhered to, the most recent of which are included as an appendix.

 

 

 

 

CHILD PROTECTION – DEFINITIONS OF CHILD ABUSE

The following is an extract from the ACPC Regional Policy and Procedures.

Child abuse occurs when a child is neglected, harmed or not provided with proper care.  Children may be abused in many settings, by those know to them, or more rarely, by a stranger.  There are different types of child abuse and a child may suffer more than one of them.

Definition of Sexual Abuse

  • Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities.  The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts.
  • They may include non contact activities such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, pornographic material or watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

 

Definition of Physical Abuse

  • Physical abuse is the deliberate physical injury to a child, or the wilful or neglectful failure to prevent physical injury or suffering.
  • This may include hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocation, confinement to a room or cot, or inappropriate giving drugs to control behaviour.

 

Definition of Emotional Abuse

  • Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on a child’s emotional development.
  • It may involve conveying to a child that he is worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as he meets the needs of another person.
  • It may involve causing a child to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of a child.
  • Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of ill treatment of a child, though it may occur alone.
  • Domestic violence, adult mental health problems and parental substance abuse may expose a child to emotional and/or physical harm.

*Domestic violence is described as threatening, controlling, coercive behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, virtual, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional) inflicted on anyone by a current or former intimate partner or family member.

Definition of Neglect

  • Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s physical, emotional and/or psychological needs, likely to cause significant harm.
  • It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, failing to protect a child from physical harm or danger, failing to ensure access to medical care or treatment, lack of stimulation or lack of supervision.
  • It may also include non-organic failure to thrive.

 

Signs of Abuse or Neglect

Below are a list of some examples of common signs and symptoms encountered by teachers which MIGHT indicate abuse or neglect.  Please note, however, that this is not a checklist and some of the signs or symptoms may have other explanations.

 

Physical Abuse                                                  Sexual Abuse

Scratches or bite marks                                       Sexually explicit behaviour

Bruises or burns                                                  Running away

Untreated injuries                                               Self mutilation

Unwillingness to undress                                   Inappropriate language

Flinching at sudden movements                         Sexualised play

Improbable explanations for bruises                   Sexual themes in writing or art

 

Neglect                                                               Emotional Abuse

Hunger, tiredness etc                                          Fearful or unhappy

Poor personal hygiene                                        Sudden speech disorders

Lack of supervision at home                              Neurotic behaviour (rocking etc)

Untreated illnesses                                             Over-reaction to mistakes

Over passivity or hyperactivity                          Excessive dependence

Deficient nutrition                                              Attention seeking

Poor growth

Erratic attendance

 

 

 

 

A new category of child abuse was added in May 2016.  That is Exploitation.

Exploitation is defined as the intentional ill treatment, manipulation or abuse of power and control over a child or young person, to take selfish and unfair advantage of a child or young person or situation for personal gain.  It may manifest itself in many forms including

Child labour

Slavery

Servitude

Engagement in criminal activity

Begging

Benefit or other financial fraud or

Child Trafficking

 

Potential indicators of Child sexual Exploitation include:

Change in mood or low self esteem

Inappropriate sexualised behaviour (explicit words or phrases or inappropriate touching)

Physical symptoms, such as bite marks or bruises

Being collected from school by unknown adults

Increasing secretiveness

(a full list is available in the Safeguarding & Child Protection in Schools Guide Section 6.2.1. – available in the Principal’s office or online)

 

 

Things to be Mindful of:

Grooming, online or in person, is often associated with child sexual exploitation

Certain communities within Northern Ireland may still have paramilitary influences that may lead to child exploitation

FGM is prevalent in Northern Ireland among certain cultures – see full list if concerned.

FGM is a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls.  It comprises of all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.  Teachers have a statutory duty to report cases, even suspicions, to the appropriate agencies through he agreed and established school procedures.  This is also the case where forced marriage is suspected.

There is a risk of the misuse of digital images so only images taken with parental consent should be uploaded or in the public domain

Procedure where the school has concerns or has been given information about possible abuse by a member of the school’s staff.

 

 

If a complaint is about someone other than the Principal:

 

1   Complaint is brought straight to the principal, who then informs the Chairperson of the     

     Board of Governors.

2   Principal and Chairperson seek advice from Education Authority.

3   If further action is required, the appropriate authorities are involved and disciplinary  procedures are instigated.

4   If no further action is required, the teacher is still informed of the complaint that was

     made.

 

If complaint is about the Principal:

 

The same procedures apply, but complaint is brought straight to Chairperson of Board of Governors rather than to Principal.

 

A book of “child abuse complaints against staff” is kept by the Principal.  This book must be available to the Board of Governors and may be examined by the Inspectorate during any inspection in the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCEDURES IN BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

Procedure for Reporting an Incident of Suspected/Disclosed Child Abuse by Person Outside of Inside the School

1        Child makes a disclosure to a staff member or staff member has concerns about child as a result of one or several observations.  Staff member does not investigate but must act promptly according to the guidelines.

2        Staff member refers the matter to the Designated Teacher (or deputy), discusses and makes full notes, to be handed over to the DT.

3        *Designated teacher meets with deputy designated teacher to plan course of action and ensures that written record is made.

4        Principal/designated teacher may make a referral to Social Services and the PSNI CAIU (Child Abuse Investigation Unit). If a referral is made the DT fills in the UNOCINI form (see appendix), sends to above with a copy to EA-B designated officer.

 

*  Advice may be taken at Stage 3 if there is doubt about how to proceed

         Advice is available from                                     EA-B designated officer

                                                                                     Gateway Team

 

Procedure for Reporting Parents’ Concerns About Child Abuse

1   Parent/Carer has concerns about child’s safety

2   S/he talks to                                                             Class Teacher

                                                                                     and/or

                                                                                     Designated Teacher/Principal

                                                                                     and/or

                                                                                     Deputy Designated Teacher

A written record is made of concerns and action taken as necessary.

3   If concerns remain s/he contacts Chairman of Governors.

4   If concerns still remain contact EA-B designated Child Protection Officer.

 

Advice may be taken from the Gateway Team, EA-B or Police Central Referral Unit.

 

 

 

Record Keeping and Transfer of Records

All child protection records are kept in a locked cabinet separate from the child’s normal file.  These records are only accessible by the designated and deputy designated teachers.  No outside agencies, teachers or inspectors will have access.

 

If a child is or has recently been on the Child Protection Register, that fact will be shared with any new school the child may attend.

 

Child protection will be discussed at each Board of Governors meeting.  A written report will update governors on training, training needs and the number of children currently on the child protection register in school.

 

At the start of each school year and at regular intervals throughout the year, teachers will talk to all pupils in their class and discuss who they can talk to, what they should do etc if they feel uncomfortable, want to talk, or have been hurt.  Obviously this is done at an age appropriate level and should be done in a general manner.

 

IF A CHILD MAKES A DISCLOSURE

Listen

·      stay calm

·      listen

·      accept information

·      take notes, but tell the child why

·      let the child talk at their pace

Reassure

·      this is not the child’s fault

·      do not make promises about confidentiality or the future

·      affirm feelings

·      4 things to say:-

 

1I am glad you have told me this

2I am sorry this has happened to you

3It is not nor ever was your fault

4We are going to do something together about this.

Remember

·      do not interrogate, ask leading questions or state opinions

·      do not ask the child to repeat disclosure to another person

·      do not record, interview or photograph bruising, but take brief notes.

·      do not invite other staff to act as witness.

·      do not pressure child to sign any records or ask a child to make a written statement.

·      follow set procedures.

 

SAFEGUARDING TEAM

Designated Teacher for Child Protection                    Mrs O McIlroy (Principal)

Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection       Mrs J Campbell

In the event of the absence of both of the above        Miss L Boyce

Chair of Governors                                                      Mrs G McDougall

Designated Member of Board of Governors               Mrs L Martin

It is the responsibility of the board of governors and the principal to ensure that all staff and parents are aware of the nominated child protection person/s.

The designated teacher for Child Protection will:-

·      ensure that all staff are aware of child protection procedure

·      co-ordinate action by staff in cases of suspected abuse

·      report to the appropriate Social Services Officer and to the Education Authority’s designated officer

·      inform relevant persons about children on the Child Protection Register.

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS:                                       Mrs G McDougall

                                                                                     Belmont Primary School

                                                                                     215 Belmont Road

                                                                                     BELFAST

                                                                                     BT4 2AG

CURRICULUM

Our school ethos, practices and procedures are such that developing children’s self esteem is of great importance.  At Belmont children are listened to and relationships are developed so that each child feels secure, valued and confident.  Our pupils are encouraged to speak confidently about any issue.  In addition work in PDMU, circle time and in play/activity based learning is developed to cover topics such as keeping healthy and keeping safe at an age-appropriate level.

Confidentiality Policy

 

In any school teachers and other staff may be privy to a range of personal, private and sometimes sensitive information eg:

 

Family breakdown

New family relations

Medical information

Historical or current information which may affect a child’s education

Financial constraints

Legislative details etc

 

To have such information is a privilege and the rights of parents and children to privacy and confidentiality are fundamental, not only to the requirements for good and professional practice as aschool, but also legally, for example under the requirements of the Children (NI) Order 1995.

 

To endeavour to ensure the confidentiality of information, Belmont Primary School:

 

  • Maintains personal and medical records in a locked filing cabinet, to which access is limited.

 

  • Ensures that documentation, files, telephone messages etc which contain personal or other details are not inappropriately placed for others to access.

 

  • Operates a process of making levels of information available to those who “need to know” so that the best interests of the child may be met.  This means that the Principal and the teacher with primary responsibility for the child will be provided with relevant and more detailed information that other members of teaching and non-teaching staff.  Exceptions to this would be, for example, medical conditions whereby all staff need to know how to respond in an emergency (eg children with nut allergy).

 

  • Endeavours to provide opportunities for parents and children to advise staff of any changes in personal circumstances in a private setting rather than in the school corridor or within earshot of others.

 

  • Assures parents and children that information shared is confidential and will be maintained as such.  NB:  THIS GUARANTEE CANNOT BE GIVEN IN RELATION TO CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES (see child protection procedures).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ALL STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

All staff know that they hold a position of trust and that their behaviour towards the children must be above reproach.  Children gain a great deal from positive interaction with adults and these procedures are not intended to dilute or restrict these experiences.  They are laid down to give guidance and to protect staff and volunteers.  They are based on respect for children and a recognition of their rights.

 

All interactions with pupils take place in areas which have visual access and unlocked doors.

As a general principle staff are advised not to make unnecessary physical contact with pupils.  It is unrealistic and unnecessary, however, to suggest that staff should touch pupils only in emergencies.  In particular a distressed child, especially a younger child, may need physical comforting such as a caring parent would provide.  Staff should not feel inhibited from providing this.  Younger children may also need help in attending to their physical needs.  Where these are associated with toileting two members of staff will be present.

 

Physical punishment is illegal, as is any form of physical response to misbehaviour, unless it is by way of necessary restraint (safe handling).

 

Staff who have to administer First Aid to a pupil should ensure wherever possible that this is done in the presence of other children or adults.  However, no member of staff should hesitate to provide First Aid in an emergency simply because another person is not present.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ADMINISTER MEDICINES TO PUPILS (with the exception of epipens inhalers and medicine accompanied by written parental consent.  The approval of the Principal must also be sought prior to administration) except in an emergency.

 

Confidentiality is vital - information about children should only be shared with the class teacher or the designated teacher/principal.  Should a child make a disclosure, or should any word or action cause even a slight concern, this must be discussed with the DT/DDT who will ensure the issue in noted.  Phone calls from outside agencies requiring information must be approved by the Principal prior to information being given out.  Please note that social networking sites must not be a forum to discuss or display any aspect of school life:- pupils, parents, staff or activities.  This Code of conduct is based on our existing practice.

Volunteers will be given a copy of this before becoming involved in any activity.

Intimate Care

From time to time children can soil and /or wet themselves during school.  Our procedure for dealing with such incidences is:

  • Parents are asked at the onset of the school year during interview to give signed permission for named personnel to offer intimate care should the need arise.  If possible 2 members of staff (the class teacher, classroom assistant) will be present when a child requires such assistance.
  • Spare clothing is kept on school property for use in such incidences, to ensure the child’s dignity is maintained.
  • Intimate care is given with respect and consideration, ensuring the child is not further embarrassed.
  • Children will be actively encouraged to change and clean themselves with discreet supervision from the staff member.
  • The parent will be informed when collecting the child from school of the incident in a discreet manner.

 

Use of Photographs and Digital Images

Digital photographs and video clips are used within school as part of displays and teaching evidence.  They may also be used on our website or in local media.  Parental permission for each of these situations is sought during initial parental interviews and kept on file.  No photographs or video clips are used in any other way without parental consent.  All i-pads used to take photographs of pupils are password protected and do not leave the school premises.

Use of Mobile Phones

Children should not bring mobile phones to school.  Staff mobile phones will not be used except during times of non class contact.  At no times will mobile phones be used to take photographs of children.

E-Safety

We take our E-Safety responsibilities seriously.  Firewalls are in place in all computers provided by C2K and other equipment with internet access..  Any work involving internet access in school is done under adult supervision.  Pupils will be informed of the need to work with an adult if homeworks require internet research (see E-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy for further details).

 

CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING

 

The policy and practice within the school is based on current Child Protection legislation.

 

-  Governors are trained through EA-B governor training.

 

-  Designated teacher Mrs O McIlroy and deputy designated teacher, Mrs J Campbell are   trained through EA-B inservice – updated in September/October 2015. 

 

-  Deputy designated teacher received training on E-Safety in January 2016.

 

-  E-mails from EA-B and other relevant bodies keep the school up to date with new 

    regulations.

 

-  All teaching staff receive Cascade child protection training regularly.

 

-  Caretaker and cleaner trained by principal.

 

-  Supervisory Assistants trained by principal

 

-  Classsroom assistants and clerical staff trained by principal

 

-  School meals staff are given a copy of the school’s Child Protection procedures.

 

-  All volunteers are given opportunities to read child protection policy and are presented  

   with the Code of Conduct sheet.

 

-  Teachers have their attention drawn to the policy and procedures at the beginning of each school year.

 

-  New or temporary members of staff are provided with a copy of the policy and

   opportunities to discuss it with the principal.

 

-  A copy of the policy is available in the school office and on the school website.

 

-  A summary of the policy with relevant names is in the prospectus and in the annual report 

    to parents.

 

-  The designated officers’ names are displayed in the school

 

-  A summary sheet is sent out to parents each year.  On the first newsletter each year, parents are made aware that a copy of the full policy is available at the school office/website.

 

-  A full copy of the report is given to parents when their child begins school.  Parents must sign to acknowledge receipt of the full report.  These are kept in the child protection file.

 

 

 

 

LIST OF USEFUL ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS

 

EA-B                                               40 Academy Street

                                                         BELFAST

                                                         BT1 2NQ

                                                         Tel: 028 90564000

 

Social Services                                 Belfast Health and Social Services Trust

                                                         Gateway Team

                                                         414 Ormeau Road

                                                         BELFAST

                                                         BT7 3HY

                                                         Tel: 028 90507000   Out of Hours: 028 95041744

 

PSNI Central Referral Unit             Child Abuse Invest. Unit

                                                         Antrim Road PSNI Station

                                                         BELFAST

                                                         Tel: 028 90259299or 101 Ext 30299

The Vetting of Adults

Teachers

All teachers, both permanent and temporary, have been vetted through their GTCNI membership.

Other Staff Members

All other paid employees of the school are vetted through the selection and recruitment process and by EA-B through completion of Access NI forms.

Volunteers Working with Children

Any volunteers working on a regular basis (eg student teachers, trained Better Reading Partners etc) must complete Access NI forms or hold a valid Access NI certificate.  This also applies to coaches involved in curricular or extra-curricular activities.  The procedures on the CPSSS adapted tool for NI 2013 are followed.  They are included in the CP file.

Parent Helpers and Other Visitors

The department of education circular 2012/19 states that volunteers who are supervised by a vetted professional do not need to be vetted.  This includes parents accompanying trips or assisting with craft or other activities.

Governors

Governors will be vetted or must hold a valid Access NI certificate at the start of their term of office.

To ensure that transport personnel meet the school’s child protection procedures, only bus companies on the EA-B recommended list will be used.  Copies of insurance etc will be requested by the school prior to trips taking place.  However, please note that at no time will children will be left in the care of bus staff, personnel at public locations or members of the general public.

APPENDIX 1     Relevant Circulars and Documents

1991 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Pastoral Care in Schools Child Prot.(1999)

Children (NI) Order 1995

2003 Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order

2003 Welfare and Protection of Pupils, Ed and Library (NI) Order

A CPC Regional Policy and Procedures

2006 Education (Prohibition form Teaching and Working with Children) Regulations NI

DE Circular 2006/06Child Protection – Recruitment of People to Work with Children

DE Circular2006/07Child Protection – Employment of Substitute Teachers

DE Circular 2006/08 Requirement for Child Protection Training in relation to Interviewing and Selection panels

DE Circular 2006/09  - Child Protection – Criminal Background Checking for Staff

DE Circular 06/25 Guidance on the requirement for vetting of school governors

DE Circular 07/01 Acceptable use of the internet and digital technologies in schools

DE Circular 08/03 Pre-employment checking of persons to work in schools – new arrangements

DE Circular 08/10  From 1st August 2008 substitute teachers must be booked via NISTR

DE Circular 2010/01  Guidance on Relationships and Sexuality Education

DE Circular 2010/18ESAGS – the Governors’ Role

DE Circular 2010/07  Pupil Attendance: Absence Recording by Schools

DE Circular 2011/22Internet Safety

DE Circular 2012/19Disclosure and Barring arrangements - volunteers

DE Circular 2013/01Disclosure barring arrangement – recruitment

DE Circular 2013/16RSE Policy in school

DE Circular 2013/25 E-Safety – further guidance

DE Circular 2014/27Managing information on persons who pose a risk to pupils

DE Circular 2015/12GTCNI procedures for teacher misconduct

DE Circular 2015/13Dealing with allegations of abuse against a member of staff

DE Circular 2015/22 Relationships and sexuality Education (RSE) Guidance

DE Circular 2015/23 Drugs Education

Cooperating to Safeguard Children and Young People in Northern Ireland (DHSSPSNI)

DE Circular 2016/05 Children who display harmful sexualised behaviour

DE Circular 2016/20 Child Protection – Record Keeping in Schools

DE Circular 2016/26 Effective Educational Uses of Mobile Digital Devices

DE Circular 2016/27 Online Safety

School Governors Handbook – safeguarding and Child Protection

DE Circular 2017/04 Safeguarding and Child Protection – A guide for Schools

Safeguarding and Child Protection – A guide for Schools(replaces Circular 1999/10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

POLICY FOR CHILD PROTECTION

 

SUMMARY OF PROCEDURES

 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child lists a number of statements setting out the rights which all children and young people should have, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.  The Convention provides that children have the right to be protected from all forms of violence, that they must be kept safe from harm and that they must be given proper care by those looking after them.  It is recognised that teachers and others who work in schools spend a considerable time interacting with children and may play an important role in identifying potential cases of abuse.  All schools must, by law, have a designated teacher for child protection who may liaise with other staff and social services.  At Belmont Primary School, the designated teacher is Mrs McIlroy.  Should she be unavailable, Mrs J Campbell (Room 3)will fulfil this role.

 

Belmont Primary School has strong home school links and is grateful for those links.  However, with child abuse, or suspicion of it, our first and only responsibility must be the child.  No promise of confidentiality can be given where abuse has been alleged.  All teachers try to ensure that children keep safe, remain healthy and are able to say no.  The school has child protection and pastoral care policies which set out specific procedures.  These procedures are set out in DENI Circular 1999.10 and details of all these policies are available in the school office should you wish to see them in more detail.  A copy of the full policy can be downloaded from our school website (www.belmontprimary.org) or is available on request.  Child protection records are kept under secure conditions in the Principal’s office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a summary of the procedures set up in school:

Procedure 1:  Where the school has concerns, or has been given information about possible abuse, by someone outside the school:

  • Tell the designated teacher Mrs McIlroy or speak to Mrs J Campbell
  • A written statement of allegations is prepared
  • The Principal may inform Social services, PSNI CAIU Team and /or Child Protection Officers at EA-B.
  • Procedures will be carried out by relevant bodies.
  • The Principal will attend case conferences and inform the Board of Governors of any relevant issues.

 

Procedure 2: How a Parent can deal with concerns about a child’s safety either in school or outside school.

 

I have concern about a child’s safety

  • I can talk to Mrs McIlroy, the principal
  • I can also talk to Mrs J Campbell, the designated teacher
  • If I am still concerned I can talk or write to the Chairperson of the Board of Governors (Mrs Gillian McDougall).
  • At any time I can talk to the PSNI CAIU Team (90259299) or Social Services/Gateway  (90507000).

 

 

AGM Report 2015/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELMONT  PRIMARYSCHOOL

 

215 Belmont Road  BelfastBT4 2AG

 

www.belmontprimary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Report of the Board of Governors

 

for the school year September 2015 -  August 2016

 

The Department of Education has now stated that schools no longer need to hold an AGM to discuss the annual report.  However, if there are any issues in this report that parents would like more information on, please contact the school to arrange a meeting or put remarks in writing to the Board of Governors through

Mrs O McIlroy, Secretary to the Board of Governors.

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD OF GOVERNORSFOR SCHOOL YEAR 2015/2016

 

BELFAST EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARD REPRESENTATIVES

Mrs G McDougall (Chair)                                                                             

Mr C Dowling (Vice Chair) 

TRANSFERORS REPRESENTATIVES

Rev P Campbell

Rev J Auchmuty

Mrs L Martin

Mrs H Gourley

PARENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES

Mrs R McCrea

Mrs A Morris

TEACHERS’ REPRESENTATIVE

Mrs H McKittrick

Secretary to the Board of Governors

Mrs O McIlroy (Principal)                                                                             

Membership of Finance and Salaries Sub Committee

Mrs G McDougall (Chair)

Mr C Dowling

Mrs R McCrea

Mrs L Martin

Rev J Auchmuty

Appeals Sub-Committee

Rev P Campbell

Rev J Auchmuty

Mrs A Morris

Appointments Sub-Committee

Mrs H Gourley

Mrs A Morris

Mrs H McKittrick

Mrs G McDougall

Mrs L Martin

Mr C Dowling

 

Members are appointed or elected to serve on the Board of Governors for a period of four years.  The term of office of the current governors runs from 2014-2018.  Towards the end of this term of office the school will organise elections for new parent governors.  All parents with parental responsibility have the opportunity to stand for election and /or to vote.  Governors are responsible for the following :-

·       the delegated budget

·       admissions of pupils

·       appointments of staff

·       maintenance and safety of premises

·       oversight of the curriculum

 

Boards of Governors are required to meet once per term or more often as required.  In the year 2015-2016 the governors met on 8 occasions, including sub-committee meetings.  Governors attended a number of training sessions.  Joint Governors’ meetings with our partner schools resulted in a change in enrolment number for Strandtown so that all infant school pupils could be accommodated in the future.

 

The governors aim to enrich each child’s experience at Belmont by providing varied activities inside and outside the classroom.  In this respect we are grateful to the many parents who have helped the school by making their expertise available to us.  Every year the PTA has made a valuable contribution to our school funds and at this time of stress in the school’s budget we appreciate the generosity of the PTA in their fundraising efforts.

 

 

 

FinanceCommitteeReport

It is the role of this committee to monitor the budget on behalf of the Board of Governors and report to them at each board meeting.  The committee may also make recommendations for consideration by the full board.  During 2015/2016 the committee monitored the school budget of £775,285, advising the board when it was necessary to make adjustments under various budget headings.  The school took steps to make savings where possible but ensured that these steps were not detrimental to pupils. The budget position at the end of March was £32,072 in credit.  Details are as follows:-

 

Salaries and Wages for all teaching and non-teaching staff                                 £690,140

Fuel costs and utilities                                                                                                   £25,739

Maintenance of grounds and building and minor works                                        £16,871

Books and equipment                                                                                                   £10,390

Other recurrent expenses                                                                                              £4,665

Income from letting of facilities and other income                                                                                      £3,496

 

Security of Pupils and Staff/Accessibility

The Board of Governors sought to ensure the safety of all the pupils and staff in the school.  The excellent safety features incorporated in the school have contributed to this ie

·       a door entry system with a camera and monitor

·       individual external doors to classrooms which can only be opened from the inside or externally with a key

·       an advanced fire alarm system, fire extinguishers and fire doors which are regularly checked

·       clear exit signs

·       an intruder alarm system

·       Fingershields fitted to high and medium risk doors

·       Two sets of gates erected on the school site.

The pupils were encouraged to move safely inside the school and in the playground.  All cleaning materials were stored out of reach of the pupils and all equipment and systems were checked regularly.

There was a high level of supervision of children at all times by the principal, the teaching staff, classroom assistants and 9 supervisory assistants.  Work has been carried out to ensure that the school is fully accessible for people with disabilities.

 

Maintenance and Safety of Premises

During the 2015/2016 work was carried out by EA - B outside to complete the P1 playground refurbishment.  The governors continue to report any problems or recommendations to EA - B regarding the school’s facilities.

 

Ethos and Pastoral Care Policy

The school’s ethos statement outlined the approaches taken to develop and sustain a positive ethos in which the children could develop and learn with confidence.  The anti-bullying policy highlighted the school’s ongoing commitment to the prevention of bullying through positive means.  Children were encouraged to care about each other and their teachers and kind actions and words were praised and rewarded.  There was a high level of supervision and swift intervention when situations showed any sign of deterioration.  The staff were pleased to report that relationships were good, self esteem high and only a few minor incidents were noted.  Parents were encouraged to discuss any concerns they had at an early stage so that action could be taken quickly.

 

Enrolment and Admissions

84 pupils were admitted to Primary 1 with a total enrolment of 254 pupils. 

 

Child Protection Statement

Governors adhered to the Child Protection Guidance set out in the DENI publication “Pastoral Care In Schools - Child Protection”.  A policy is in place.  This was updated in November 2015 and copies were made available to all parents.  A full copy was given to parents of P1 children and a summary sheet was distributed to all other parents.  The child protection policy is available for inspection in the policy file in the entrance hall of the school and on the school website.  All staff and several governors have been trained in child protection procedures.  The school’s designated teacher was the principal Mrs O McIlroy and the deputy designated teacher Mrs J Campbell.  Both attended training in early Term 1 and all staff received refresher training.  Code of Conduct/Child Protection meetings took place for parents prior to school outings.    

 

STAFF AT BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL-  2015/2016

Principal:    Mrs O F McIlroy

P1           Mrs M Campbell                                                 Mrs L Wilson                      Classroom Assistant

                                                                               

P1           Mrs J Campbell                                                    Miss Phillips                            Classroom Assistant

                                                                                               

P1           Mrs L Jackson                                                      Mrs J Shields                           Classroom Assistant

                                                                                                Mrs M Black                          Classroom Assistant (Special Needs)            

P2          Miss L Boyce                                                         Mrs A Calvert                         Classroom Assistant

                                                                                                Miss C Murray                       Classroom Assistant (Special Needs)

P2          Mrs G Scholes                                                        Mrs P Murray                         Classroom Assistant

                                                                                               

P2           Miss J Gorman                                                     Mrs D Quinn                           Classroom Assistant

                                                                                               

P3           Mrs H McKittrick/Mrs Coulter                                                                           

P3          Mrs S Hodgins                                                                                                        

P3          Mrs J Sandikli                                                        Mrs C McCabe                      Classroom Assistant(Special Needs)

Special Needs Teacher                                                       Mrs L Caithness

School Secretary                                                                  Mrs H Harrison

Clerical Officer (Part-Time)                                               Mrs G Dowling

Building Supervisor                                                             Mr B Keenan

School Cleaners                                                                   Mr W Tanner Mrs C Glover

Supervisory Assistants (Lunchtime)  Mrs M McCallum   Mrs G McKayMiss J PhillipsMrs B Beggs

Mrs C WatkinsMrs S Sweet  Mrs J BlackMrs Quinn/Mrs Calvert

 

SCHOOLREPORT

Belmont Primary School aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the Education (NI) Order 2006.  Pupils are taught Literacy, Numeracy, the World Around Us (Science, History and Geography), the Arts (Art, Music and Drama), Personal Development, RE and Physical Movement.  ICT is used across the curriculum.  Standardised test scores in Literacy and Numeracy showed that many of our children were achieving excellent or above average standards.  Teachers plan their work in year groups on a half-termly and weekly basis.  Each area of study is supported by a designated co-ordinator.  The principal and management team take overall responsibility for curriculum decisions.

 

The school’s curricular development is set out in a 3-year development plan which covers 2015-2018.  The areas highlighted for further development in 2015/2016 were using Maths, using Literacy and using ICT across the curriculum.  Work continued on effective strategies to assist children with barriers to learning.  The children’s learning was facilitated through class, group and individual teaching.  Small groups were supported in early mathematical development and in the extension of reading skills.  A small number of children benefited from extra reading practice from Harberton Outreach and Better Reading Partnership. 

 

The school web site was redesigned by a group of parents working with the ICT co-ordinator and principal.  It continues to be updated regularly, containing some general information, school policies, diary dates and examples of children’s work.  The web address is www.belmontprimary.org

We continued our focus on healthy lifestyles by encouraging healthy breaks and exercise.  Sponsored healthy breaks were organised and a walking bus initiative again took place.  A Healthy Living Roadshow, led by Miss Boyce, visited all classes.  We also continued to focus on environmental issues.  The pupils took part in an environmental workshop.  Our Eco Committee, consisting of pupils, parents and staff, met once per month and was extremely successful.  We were delighted to be awarded our 5th Green Eco Flag. 

 

Last year we contributed to the ongoing professional development of teachers and classroom assistants by providing training placements.  In 2015/2016 we had 1 final year student and 1 PGCE student from Stranmillis University College.  We also hosted 2 American exchange students for 8 weeks and had weekly visits from students at Strathearn School.

 

Pupils were admitted to Primary One from fourteen different settings.  Most settings sent written assessments of the stage of the pupil’s learning.  The principal contacted the major providers ie those who sent a large group of pupils and discussed the children’s progress with them.  Nursery teachers and one playgroup leader visited the school. 

 

Links with Strandtown continued with regular liaison between P3 and P4 staff to exchange verbal and written information.  The P3 pupils walked to Strandtown for a visit in June.  The majority of pupils transferred to Strandtown, and two pupils transferred to other schools.  Parents were invited to Strandtown for a general information evening and to meet their child’s next teacher.  Whole school curricular links continued to develop with Literacy, Numeracy, WAU, ICT and Special Needs clusters meeting during the year.

 

Evaluations of current practice took place at many levels.  Teachers and non-teaching staff evaluated pupil progress and curricular activities on a regular basis.  Data collected by teacher generated and by commercial assessments hightlighted the very high level of progress made by our pupils.  Parents were given the opportunity to respond in parent questionnaires. 

 

Activities and Visits

Once again all pupils had opportunities to benefit from educational visits and visitors to their classrooms.  These were all connected to their class topics and to a range of curricular areas.

 

Primary 1 had several visitors to support their “People Who Help Us” topic and had 5 visits from Jump, Jiggle and Jive.  They visited Streamvale Farm in June. 

 

Primary 2 walked toBelmont Park, and Belmont Road shops.  They visited Castle Espie in May.  They had a visit from Hedgehog Rescue, Vets 4 Pets and Cats Protection.  They also had an NI Stars workshop and weekly IFA coaching.

 

Primary 3  went to Victoria Park, Belmont Park, the Ulster Folk Museum and Mount Stewart.  They had visits from Ulster Wildlife Trust, Konflux Theatre and Zoolab.  They also had a number of Dance Drama sessions.

 

Performances for all pupils included “Pinocchio”, Blackberry Farm  and Energy Fitness.  There were annual visits from the School Nurse, local clergy and our photographer.  Parents and children visited our Book Fair and bought books together.  A dads’ reading week was also organised.

The children participated regularly in Assemblies sharing their work with the other classes.

 

Primary 3 pupils began Spanish during school time from November and also learned to play the recorder.  Tennis, Football Art and golf were provided for P2 and P3 pupils after school one day per week.  After school clubs for Games, Dance, Earth and Healthy Eating were well attended by Primary 3 pupils.  Eco committee also met after school.  Some of our pupils had the opportunity to perform in the Belfast Board’s Dance FestivalSome of our pupils performed in the Ulster Hall with Fitness Freddy in June.  Our P2 and P3 classes had a number of sessions with Young Enterprise regarding financial planning

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Consultations

Primary 1 parents had an interview in Term 1 as part of the school’s baseline procedures.  There was a further verbal report on progress to P1 parents in February and a written progress report (pupil profile) in June 2016.

 

Primary 2 and 3 parents had two consultations with teachers in September and February.  A written report giving details of progress was sent to parents in June 2016.  Special Needs interviews with Mrs Caithness also took place in September, February and June.  Parents were aware that further appointments were available to see Mrs McIlroy, Mrs Caithness or the class teacher for further discussion if required.  Each parent was givern the opportunity to fill in a questionnaire to inform future practices.

 

Parental Partnership

There were a number of opportunities for parents to come in to school to support their children and get to know the school better.

·       Parents were invited for a cup of tea or coffee as they settled their child into P1

·       Information sessions for each year group took place in September

·       The children invited their parents to visit their classrooms before Christmas to see their art and design work and have refreshments afterwards.

·       Parents ran a three day Book Fair in March and a large number of parents attended with their children.

·       P1 pupils shared their Animal performance with their parents in June.

·       P2 pupils shared their Nativity performance with parents during their Christmas classroom visit.

·       The P3 prizegiving was very well attended as usual.  Each child received a book and a bookmark for working hard.  The children sang in Spanish, played recorder, danced and presented a drama for their parents.  Everyone enjoyed this annual event.

·       An E-Safety evening for parents took place in March.

Parents helped us in many ways during the year:-

·       accompanying children on school trips

·       supporting work in the classroom on a regular basis

·       organising the school library

·       running the Book Fair

·       serving on our school ECO committee and assisting with environmental initiatives

·       talking to pupils about their work eg doctor, theatre nurse

·       providing art and design opportunities

·       bringing pets for topic work and/or clubs

·       providing extra reading opportunities

·       Many parents also made a substantial addition to the school’s finances through a voluntary contribution of £25 per family ( a total of £4,855 was donated during the school year).

The school circulated booklets for each of the three year groups were given to parents to explain and advise on ways to help children with literacy and numeracy skills.  The school also continued with a school savings initiative with the local Credit Union.

 

Parent/Teacher Association

Through the social and fundraising events of the PTA and with the generosity of its supporters £7,750 was raised during 2015/2016.  This money, raised entirely through voluntary contribution, goes directly towards satisfying specific needs of the pupils at the school and allows the teachers to identify areas of need which may not normally be addressed through the statutory funding arrangements.

 

In 2015/2016 the PTA contributed funding towards the P1 playground refurbishment, P2/3 playground equipment, a new sound system and a microphone.  P3 books for Prize Day were also provided. 

 

Events organised included the Annual Fair, Christmas activity afternoons, an Energy Fitness morning, P3 Year Books, the annual family Barbecue, cinema nights, a pyjama party and a table quiz.  Cash for Clobber collections were also arranged.  We are extremely grateful to all those members of the PTA who organised these events and also assisted the school in many other ways.  The PTA remains an effective way of engendering healthy parent/teacher relations and allowing parents to take an active role in raising much needed funds for the education of their children.

 

 

 

 

Charities

The school continued to sponsor a school in Ghana – Pelungu Primary School, sending £250 to Link Community Development.  By holding a charity day in June, £2,187,71 was raised for Air Ambulance NI.  Money was also collected for the Poppy  collection.

 

Special Educational Needs

Staff worked closely with the special needs co-ordinator/ teacher to implement the Code of Practice.  Children were supported within their own classes through differentiated work.  Those who needed further help had a planned programme of work outside the classroom which was linked to the programme within the classroom.  Mrs Caithness worked with groups of children on areas of literacy.  Parents were offered regular interviews to discuss progress towards individually set targets.  There was in school support for pupils for whom English is an Additional Language.  Outreach support was given by Harberton Special School.

 

Target maths activities were also carried out by the P2 classroom assistants to enable children to develop confidence and accuracy working with numbers.  Maths Recovery sessions were also organised for small groups of P3 pupils to assist with numeracy skills. 

 

All children received activities to challenge them at the level of their ability.

 

Attendance

Pupils attended well throughout the year.  The average attendance was 97.3%.  The attendance of a few children was erratic and this was discussed by the principal with the Education Welfare Officer at regular meetings.

 

School Nurse/Dentist

We received support from our school nurse who prepared Action Plans for children with nut allergies.  All staff received their annual training in the management of this condition in school.  She also conducted P1/2 health checks and offered advice to parents on a number of early years health issues.  Flu jabs were offered to all pupils.

 

School Website

The school website includes many useful dates, policies and information.  The website address is www.belmontprimary.org.

 

 

 

E-Safety Policy

 

Belmont Primary School

 

 

E-Safety Policy

  

June 2016

 

Context

 

This policy is based on and complies with DENI Circular 2007/1 on Acceptable Use of the Internet and Digital Technologies in Schools and DENI Circular 2011/22 on Internet Safety.  Those circulars state that:

"Used well, digital technologies are powerful, worthwhile educational tools; technical safeguards can partly protect users, but education in safe, effective practices is a key goal for schools."

This document sets out the policy and practices for the safe and effective use of the Internet and related technologies in Belmont Primary School.  It is available on our school website and from the school office on request.

E- safety covers the internet but it also covers mobile phones and other electronic communication technologies.  This policy aims to be an aid to regulating ICT activity in school and to provide a good understanding of appropriate ICT use that all members of the school community can use as a reference for their conduct online. 

E-safety is a whole school issue and responsibility.   However, the Principal (Mrs O McIlroy) and the ICT coordinator (Mrs J Campbell) have the shared responsibility of coordinating this within the school. As E-Safety is an important aspect of Child Protection within the school, the Principal and Board of Governors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. It is the role of the ICT Co-ordinator to keep abreast of current E-Safety issues and guidance through organisations such as CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection). The ICT Co-ordinator has responsibility for leading and monitoring the implementation of E-Safety throughout the school.  The Principal has the responsibility to update Senior Management and Governors with regard to E-Safety and all governors should have an understanding of the issues relevant to our school in relation to local and national guidelines and advice.

Making Use of ICT and the internet with pupils in school

 

New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.  The Internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone.  Opportunities in our school include:

 

  1. Supervised access to worldwide educational resources

  2. Supervised contact with schools in other countries

  3. An enhanced curriculum, with interactive learning tools

  4. Supervised freedom to be creative

  5. Freedom to explore the world and its cultures from within the classroom

  6. Access to videos, dvds and interactive media to enhance understanding

  7. Individualised access to learning

     

    It is used in school to raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement, support the professional work of staff and to enhance management functions.  It is also an effective means to communicate with parents – through our website, by e-mail and with our text service.

 

However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk, particularly outside school. Some of the dangers they may face include:

•   Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content

•   Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information

•   The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact

•   Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers

•   Cyber-bullying

•   Access to unsuitable video / internet games

•   An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of online information

•   Illegal downloading of music or video files

•   The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person

 

As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate the risk completely. It is therefore essential for all staff to be vigilant at all times. 

 

In Belmont Primary School we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils in E-Safety issues in an age appropriate manner. We aim to use age appropriate search engines, which have been previewed by staff first.  We also aim to teach pupils that not everything on the internet is true and that harmful or hurtful content should always be shared with a teacher or parent.

 

 

 

 

 

E-Safety Skills Development for Staff

 

• All staff will receive regular information and training on E-Safety issues through the Co-Ordinator at staff meetings.

• All staff have been made aware of individual responsibilities relating to the safeguarding of children within the context of E-Safety and know what to do in the event of misuse of technology by any member of the school community.

• New staff members will receive a copy of the E-Safety policy and Acceptable Use

Agreement and sign an Acceptable Use Agreement.

• All staff are encouraged to incorporate E-Safety into their activities and promote awareness within their lessons.

 

Handling of E-Safety Issues

 

Issues of Internet misuse and access to any inappropriate material by any user should be reported to the ICT Co-ordinator to be recorded in the E-Safety log.  Issues of a child protection nature will be reported to the designated teacher and dealt with in accordance with our school Child Protection Policy.

 

 

E-Safety and Parents

 

The Belmont Primary School E-Safety policy will be published on the school website and parents will be encouraged to read the document.  Parents will be required to read the Acceptable Use Agreement for pupils and sign this agreement

 

We will look to promote E-Safety awareness within the school community which may take the form of parents’ information evenings, information leaflets or links on the school website.

 

 

E-Safety and Staff

 

All staff will be introduced to the E-Safety policy and its importance explained.  Staff will be asked to read and sign the Acceptable Use Agreement for Staff which focuses on E-Safety responsibilities in accordance with the Code of Conduct for employees set out in the Staff Handbook.

 

Staff should be aware that all Internet traffic and email is monitored, recorded and tracked by the C2K system.

 

 

 

 

 

Networks

 

Pupil access to the Internet is through a filtered service provided by C2K, which should ensure educational use made of the resources is safe and secure, protecting users and systems from abuse.  Parental permission is sought from parents before pupils access the Internet.

 

Use of a non C2K wireless network for use with iPads in school is provided by an external Internet provider.  This network has appropriate filters applied for use by staff and pupils and use of iPads will only be carried out under staff supervision.

 

 

Teaching and Learning

 

Use of the internet is a planned activity. It is task orientated and educational within a regulated and managed environment.  Aimless surfing is not allowed.  Children are taught to use the Internet in response to a need e.g. a question which has arisen from work in class.  They will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use.  Planned activities with our Primary 3 pupils will encourage the effective use of the Internet for early research. 

 

The school will ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.

 

E-mail:

 

The school uses e-mail internally for staff and externally for contacting parents and other agencies.  It is an essential part of school communication.  Staff and pupils should be aware that school e –mail accounts should only be used for school related matters.  The staff should be aware that, as this is a form of representing the school, this should be taken into account when communicating by e-mail.  Staff must tell a member of the senior management team if they receive offensive, abusive or threatening e-mails.  They should not attempt to deal with these themselves.

Children are not given individual e-mail addresses.  In some instances they may have access to a group e mail address (eg to exchange work with other pupils or with the Principal).  Messages sent and received in this way will be strictly supervised by the teacher.

 

Social Networking:

 

  • The school C2k system and our own wireless network will block access to social networking sites.

  • School staff will not make reference to the school on social media under any circumstances.  This includes mentioning the school by name, uploading photographs or mentioning any events (both school functions and staff events).

     

    Mobile Phones and I-Pads

     

    Belmont Primary School does not allow the use of mobile phones by children in school or on school trips.  It is important to be aware of the safety issues regarding mobile phones which now increasingly have Internet access.

     

    Staff use of mobile phones, only when necessary, should be discreet.  It should be confined to times of non-class contact (break and lunchtimes etc) Mobile phones should not be used in the classroom setting and should not be visible to pupils throughout school.  They should be turned off or on silent during teaching hours.  Photographs should not be taken on private mobile phones or i-pads.  Any photographs taken on school owned teacher i-pads should be removed before those i-pads are taken outside school. Staff should also avoid contacting parents on their own private mobile phone except in an emergency. 

School Website

Our new Belmont Primary School website promotes and provides up to date information about the school, as well as giving pupils an opportunity to showcase their work and other aspects of school life.  It was devised by a group of parents working alongside the Principal and ICT coordinator. Access to update any section of the website is kept to a minimum.  Staff and parents can forward information, photographs etc to the ICT coordinator for possible inclusion on the website.   The website is in the public domain and can therefore be viewed by anyone online.  Any information published on the website will be carefully considered in terms of safety for the school community.  In order to minimise risks of any images of pupils on the school website being used inappropriately the following steps are taken:

  • Group photos are used where possible, with general labels/captions
  • The website does not include home addresses, telephone numbers, personal e-mails or any other personal information about pupils or staff

 

Use of Pupil Photographs

 

Colour photographs and pupils work bring our school to life, showcase our pupils’ talents and add interest to publications both in print and online.  However, the school acknowledges the importance of having safety precautions in place to prevent the misuse of such material.  Under the Data Protection Act 1998 images of pupil and staff will not be displayed in public without consent.

 

Parents will sign a consent form to enable their child’s photos to be used in school.

We will not publicise photos of children without parental consent.

Names will not be added to the photographs online so that children’s identities are protected.

Images will be chosen carefully to ensure they do not pose a risk of misuse.

 

Password Security

 

Foundation stage pupils are taught to log on using the simplified user name and password.  By Primary 3 pupils use the c2k full log in, in preparation for junior school.

 

Staff and pupils are all aware of the need not to share passwords.  Sub teachers and guests to the school can be added to the school network by discussion with Mrs J Campbell, the ICT coordinator.

 

 

Managing Information Systems

 

The school takes the management of records very seriously and uses the following methods to manage information:

The transfer of sensitive pupil data is done through C2K’s web exchange.

Encrypted memory sticks are used for pupil profile writing and other pupil information.

Staff do not share passwords and each computer is set to lock so that information cannot be accessed.

Unapproved websites are not downloaded to any school computer.

Each teacher is responsible for ensuring virus software is kept up to date.

 

Managing Emerging Technologies

 

Technology is progressing rapidly and new technologies are emerging all the time.  The school will risk-assess any new technologies before they are allowed in school and will consider the educational benefits that they may have.   We continue to keep up to date with new technologies and will develop appropriate strategies for dealing with any developments.

 

Acceptable Use Agreements

 

All staff with access to the network must sign the Acceptable Use Agreement for staff (see attached).  Our Primary 3 pupils are given a simple acceptable use agreement to discuss with their parents and sign.  The following rules for acceptable use are discussed by the class teacher with pupils in Primary 1 and Primary 2:

  • I will not change other people’s work
  • My teacher will show me what I can do on the computer
  • If I see anything that makes me unhappy I will tell the teacher at once
  • I know I should not change programs unless the teacher tells me to.
  • I understand if I break these rules I might be stopped from using the computer.

 

 

Acceptable Use of the Internet (P3)

 

 

Children should know that they are responsible for their use of the Internet in school and that they do so in a safe and appropriate manner.

Please discuss these guidelines with your child and stress the importance of safe use of the Internet.

 

 

Pupils:

 

• On the network, I will use my own login username and password

 

• I will keep my username and password private

 

• I will not open other people’s files without their permission

 

• I will not change or delete other people’s work/files

 

• I will only use websites my teacher allows me to use

 

• If I see anything I do not like, I will tell a teacher or adult straightaway

 

• I understand that if I break these rules I might be stopped from using the Internet/E-mail and my Parents/Guardian will be told.

 

 

 

 

 

Signature of Pupil                      __________________________________

 

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian     __________________________________

 

 

Date   _________________________________

 

 

 

Acceptable Use Agreement for Staff

 

 

The computer system is owned by the school and is made available to staff to enhance their professional activities including teaching, research, administration and management. The school’s Internet Access Policy has been drawn up to protect all parties – the students, the staff and the school.

 

The school reserves the right to examine or delete any files that may be held on its computer system or to monitor any Internet sites visited.

 

Staff should sign a copy of this Acceptable Internet Use Statement and return it to the Principal.

 

  • All Internet activity should be appropriate to staff professional activity or the pupils’ education
  • Access should only be made via the authorised account and password, which should not be made available to any other person
  • Activity that threatens the integrity of the school ICT systems, or activity that attacks or corrupts other systems, is forbidden
  • Users are responsible for all e-mail sent and for contacts made that may result in e-mail being received
  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden
  • Copyright of materials must be respected
  • Posting anonymous messages and forwarding chain letters is forbidden
  • As e-mail can be forwarded or inadvertently be sent to the wrong person, the same professional levels of language and content should be applied as for letters or other media
  • Use of the network to access inappropriate materials such as pornographic, racist or offensive material is forbidden
  • Social media should not be used in any form to discuss any area of school life or anyone connected to the school.
  • Mobile phones must only be used in times of non-class contact.

 

 

 

Name;                             _____________________________________

 

Signed;                           _____________________________________

 

Date;                              _____________________________________

 

 

 

 

Points for Parents to Consider

 

It is more important than ever to promote internet safety in the home and to monitor internet use.  Figures have shown that currently 1 in 20 children aged 5-7 years old has a social network profile (mainly through interactive games etc) and this figure is likely to grow.  Almost all pupils will be aware of youtube and other sites.  Some things to consider are:

 

  • Talk to your internet service provider about an age appropriate filter

     

  • Keep your computer in a communal area at home.

 

  • With tablets and i-pads consider using the guided access option

 

  • Monitor online time and be aware of excessive hours spent on devices.

 

  • Take an interest in what your child is doing online and discuss with them what they are doing and seeing

 

  • Talk to your child about being sensible and responsible online.

 

  • Discuss the fact that there are some websites which are unsuitable.

 

  • Discuss with your child what they should do if they see unsuitable material or receive unsuitable requests.

 

  • Remind children that people online may not be who they say they are.

 

  • Remind children never to give out personal information online.

 

  • Be aware that children may be using a computer in places other than at home and in school.

 

  • Monitor what your child is doing – View the internet search history and search the camera roll on i-pads/ tablets.

 

 

For further information on keeping children safe online, look at the following websites:

 

www.parentinfo.org (with information for parents on a range of issues)

www.net-aware.org.uk (which will let you know the suitability of every website and game)

www.thinkuknow.co.uk (with exercises for children of different age ranges)

School Prospectus

 

Dear Parent/Guardian

 

Thank you for taking an interest in Belmont Primary School.  We hope you will find this prospectus both interesting and informative.  It has been designed to give you some insight into our school – our ethos, our policies and our curriculum.  We work hard to provide a caring environment where your child can feel confident and happy.  We provide a wide range of learning experiences and strive to ensure each child can reach their potential.  We have excellent home school links and look forward to welcoming you and your child to our school.

 

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Principal at :-

 

Belmont Primary School

215 Belmont Road

BELFAST

BT4 2AG

 

Tel:        028 90471539

Fax:       028 90658931

E-mail:  info@belmont.belfast.ni.sch.uk

Web-site:  www.belmontprimary.org

 

Principal:   Mrs O F McIlroy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Belmont Primary School caters for children in the Primary 1 – 3 age range.  The old school, opened in 1890, was replaced in 1999 by a new purpose-built school.  The new premises have nine classrooms, a library, a multi-purpose hall, group and staff rooms.  These have been built to a high specification which fully meets the requirements of today’s early years’ education.

 

The staff have a wide range of experience and expertise and work hard to provide a broad and varied curriculum which supports all round development.  Our pupils become confident and competent learners within an orderly, caring environment which encourages independence and responsibility.  Relationships are excellent and parents support the school well.  There is an active PTA which makes valuable contributions to the school.  The children enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities at Year 3 and educational visits form an integral part of the curriculum for all children.  The Board of Governors takes a keen interest in the pupils and is very supportive to the staff.

 

 

 

BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2014-2018

 

BELFAST EDUCATION AND LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVES

 

Mr C Dowling       

Mrs G McDougall

 

TRANSFERORS REPRESENTATIVES

 

Rev J Auchmuty

Mrs L Martin

Mrs H Gourley

 

 

PARENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE

 

Mrs A Morris

Mrs R McCrea

 

TEACHERS’ REPRESENTATIVE

 

Mrs H McKittrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAFF AT BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

Principal:    Mrs O F McIlroy

 

P1        Mrs J Campbell                                   Miss J Phillips             Classroom Assistant

P1        Mrs M Campbell                                 Mrs L Wilson                Classroom Assistant

P1        Mrs L Jackson                                     Mrs J Shields                Classroom Assistant

                                                                       

P2        Miss L Boyce (VP)                             Mrs A Calvert               Classroom Assistant

P2        Mrs G Scholes                                    Mrs P Murray               Classroom Assistant 

P2        Mrs D Grahame                                  Mrs D Quinn                Classroom Assistant 

                                                                        Mrs M Black

P3        Miss Gorman                                                                                                   

P3        Mrs McKittrick/Mrs Coulter               Miss C Murray                        

P3        Mrs J Sandikli                                                                                                 

Special Needs Teacher                                   Mrs L Caithness

 

School Secretary                                             Mrs H Harrison

Clerical Officer                                               Mrs G Dowling

 

School Caretaker                                             Mr B Keenan

School Cleaners                                              Mr W Tanner

                                                                        Mrs J Hegarty

                                                                       

Supervisory Assistants                                    Mrs Beggs                   

(lunchtime)                                                      Mrs Watkins/Ms Grommett

                                                                        Mrs McKay

                                                                        Miss Phillips

                                                                        Mrs Sweet

                                                                        Mrs McCallum

                                                                        Mrs Black

                                                                        Mrs Quinn

                                                                        Mrs Calvert                            

Dining Attendants                                          Mrs L McCleary

                                                                        Mrs R Gibson

                                                                        Mrs P Allen

 

GENERAL SCHOOL POLICY AND AIMS

 

The principal and teachers in Belmont Infant School believe that:-

·      children develop best in a secure, well regulated and child-centred environment

·      children need to be challenged as well as supported

·      children should acquire skills, attitudes and knowledge which allow them to become independent learners and thinkers

·      children should develop beliefs and values which will help them to become people of integrity

·      all members of our school community should have a sense of belonging to the school and feel valued as individuals.

 

We will endeavour to provide a climate which fosters this through -

·      positive approaches

·      team planning and working

·      shared ideas

·      open discussion

·      skilful teaching

·      honest reflection

 

We will work in partnership with parents to meet, as far as possible, the needs of all pupils.

We aim to promote high standards and to provide high quality education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

 

The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to the principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the admission of pupils to the school.

 

Admissions to Year 1 in September 2017

 

Only children of compulsory school age, (ie children born on or between 2 July 2012 and

1 July 2013 incl.) will be admitted to the school.  In the event of the school being oversubscribed the Governors will select children for admission to primary one using the admissions criteria set out below.

 

The criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set down.  Should the number of children who satisfy the requirement of any criterion exceed the number of places available, the remaining criteria will be applied successively to the children which caused the number of places to be exceeded, until all places have been allocated.

 

1        Children living permanently at the same address as a brother/sister, half-brother/sister, or other child who currently attends Belmont Primary School. (Indicate name and year group).

2        Children living permanently at the same address as a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister or other child who currently attends Strandtown Primary School.  (Indicate name and year group).

3        Children who have a parent/guardian in permanent employment in Belmont Primary School.

4        Children who have aparent/guardian in permanent employment in Strandtown Primary School.

5        Priority will then be given to children whose permanent residence is the shortest distance from the school.  Distance will be determined by a straight line measurement generated electronically using the computer programme provided by Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland. 

In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equidistant for the final place preference will be given to the youngest child.

 

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.  Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.

 

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any Application Form. 

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place.  Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

 

Waiting List Policy

Should a vacancy arise after Thursday 27 April 2017 all applications for admission to P1, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications, late applications and applications where new information has beenprovided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.  This waiting list will be in place until 31 August 2017.

The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.

After 1 September parents should inform the school in writing if they wish their child’s name to remain on or be placed on a waiting list.  All children on the waiting list at the time of the vacancy will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.  This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2018.

 

P2 – P3 Admissions Criteria available from school.

 

The applicant’s home must be understood to mean the normal residence of the parents of the applicant and “parents” must be used in the sense given to it by the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986 namely that it “includes a guardian and every person who has the actual custody of the child”.

 

Applications for Admission

Year

Total Applications ie All Preferences

Total Admissions

2014/2015

103

84

2015/2016

141

84

2016/2017

109

84

 

THE CURRICULUM

 

The curriculum followed in this school is based on the Northern Ireland Curriculum which was specified under the Education (NI) Order 2006.  The learning opportunities are broad and balanced and meet the needs of individual children.  The curriculum of Belmont includes

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • The World Around Us (Science and Technology, History and Geography)
  • The Arts
  • RE
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Development and Movement

 

Information Technology is used daily in all aspects of the curriculum.

 

We know that children need a sound grasp of basic skills and these are thoroughly taught in appropriate ways.  We also believe that children need to develop a sense of place through geography, a sense of time through history and the scientific skills of observation, recording and communicating.  We place great importance on enjoying and participating in music, in developing physical skills through PE and in being creative and artistic.

 

We believe that in the early years children need experiences in all of these areas in order to develop sound foundations for learning.  Our approach is through a balance of practical and written work, through topic work and individual, group and class teaching.  Careful monitoring and evaluation and meticulous planning ensures that children who have special educational needs receive extra support in school.  Likewise, children ready for more challenge receive differentiated work in class or may be taken for individual sessions so that all pupils can reach their potential.

 

The teachers plan work carefully in half termly units which are then broken down into weekly programmes.  Work is evaluated and reviewed at the end of each half term.  There are regular oral and written reports to parents on children’s progress and opportunities for parents to attend school events and to visit classrooms to see their children’s work. 

 

 

 

In P3 pupils attend extra-curricular activities one afternoon per week.  These activities are Healthy Eating/Cookery, Earth, Dance and Games.  These activities extend and enhance pupil interests.  A modern language (Spanish) is also introduced to Primary 3 pupils.  Educational visits and visitors to school also add to the learning experiences in all classes P1-3.

 

Primary 3 pupils also have the opportunity to join our very successful ECO committee.

 

Additional support is available in both Literacy and Numeracy through small group withdrawal, target maths and maths recovery.  Additional activities are also developed for individual pupils to ensure all children are challenged.

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

 

It is the policy of this school to set a small amount of work to be done at home each day.  We believe that it develops good work habits, lets parents see how children are progressing, and allows opportunities for consolidation.  Work introduced in school can be revised and practised with parents’ help.  Homework in P1-P3 should be as relaxed and enjoyable as possible and should take between 10 minutes and half an hour.

 

PUNCTUALITY

Parents are requested to be punctual in delivering and collecting their children from school.  Children can miss important introductions to lessons, instructions for activities, revision or checking of homework if they are late on a regular basis.  Young children also become anxious when they are not picked up promptly.

 

Please help your child to establish good habits of punctuality in these important early years in school.

 

ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL

 

The first three years of your child’s education are of vital importance.  They form the foundation for the remainder of his/her educational life.  In order that this is a firm foundation your child should attend school every day when he/she is well enough to do so.  Parents are asked to write a brief note to explain the reason for absence so that it may be entered in our computerised system under the appropriate code.  Pupils’ attendances are recorded throughout their time at school and it is important that we know why they are absent from school.

 

MEDICINES

 

Teachers need to be aware of any medical problems which may affect your child’s wellbeing.  Information will be treated confidentially.

The school doctor advises that all medicines be administered at home, including lunchtime doses, as children are home early enough to make this possible.  Teachers cannot administer medicines.  The only exceptions are inhalers and medication for severe allergic reaction.

 

Please don’t send your child to school if he/she is sick, or has been sick during the night.  As well as passing on infections to others, sick children are unhappy in school and cannot concentrate or work properly.  If possible medical appointments should be made for after school time.  Children do miss out if they are taken away on holiday during term time.  It is school policy that work will not be given to children going on holiday during term time.  Please try not to disadvantage your child by taking him/her out of school for holidays.

 

YOUR CHILD’S WELFARE

The policy of this school is to encourage co-operation between parents, teachers, and when necessary, outside agencies eg psychologists, social workers so that children can become independent and self disciplined.  Our aim is to enable children to take responsibility for their own behaviour from an early stage and to show respect for others feelings, property and ideas.

 

We have a system which reinforces and rewards good behaviour in order to encourage the growth of self esteem and consideration for others.  We also employ certain sanctions when behaviour is unacceptable, particularly when it is dangerous or unkind.

 

All staff are involved in maintaining the agreed standards of behaviour both within their own classroom and with all children outside the classroom eg in the hall or playground or on school outings.  When a child’s behaviour is unacceptable we-

·      talk with the child, firmly telling him/her that his behaviour is unacceptable and/or withdraw privileges - eg being a class helper, playing at breaktime etc.

·      If the behaviour persists the principal is informed and she talks with the child, sets targets for better behaviour and visits the classroom to check if there has been improvement

·      If the problems still persist parents’ help will be sought and a shared plan of action set up.

Each incident is dealt with on its merits and as behaviour improves the child will be praised and rewarded for his/her efforts.

There is an anti-bullying statement included in this policy which states the school’s on-going commitment to the prevention of bullying through positive means.

 

All pupils are aware of our simple school rules regarding behaviour.  They ensure that all children can enjoy school.  We strongly believe that children who are content do better in school.  Our rules are:-

  • Always be kind
  • Always be helpful
  • Always be polite
  • Walk safely around the school
  • Play safely in the playground.

 

 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

A Child Protection Policy, following the guidelines laid down by DE is in place. 

Designated Teacher for Child Protection:                             Mrs O F McIlroy

Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection:                Mrs J Campbell

Staff have been trained in Child Protection procedures.  These policies are available in the school office for inspection by parents.

 

SAFETY POLICY

The Board of Governors actively seeks to ensure the safety of all the pupils and staff in the school.

To that end the school has:-

-  Classroom doors opened from the inside only to admit pupils and parents

-  Regular fire drills and inspection of fire extinguishers etc

-  An intruder alarm system

-  A policy of children being collected from their classrooms by known adults.

-  A vigilant staff - both teaching and non-teaching - who take note and report any            unusual incidents/persons

-  A high level of lunchtime supervision - 7 lunchtime supervisors + the principal.

-  The front door of the school is controlled through the school office by a door entry system.

-  The governors regularly inspect the premises and make recommendations about the                        safety of buildings and fixtures.

-  All staff report any unsafe aspects to the principal immediately.

The Governors have delegated the day to day operation of the policy to the principal and vice-principal.

 

NUT ALLERGY

We have several children in school who suffer from a severe nut allergy.  This is potentially life-threatening and we wish to keep them as safe as possible in school.  Please do not send nuts in any form as a snack for break or in a packed lunch. Anything which contains nuts ie peanuts, biscuits, peanut butter, chocolate bars etc would be very dangerous in these cases.  Please make anyone (childminders, grandparents etc) who might be providing break or packed lunch aware of this.  We will, of course, be vigilant about children exchanging food, but we would also ask for your co-operation in this matter.

 

PARENTAL PARTNERSHIP POLICY

We believe that the best possible support for children’s learning comes when teachers and parents work together.  We welcome parents to the school and develop the partnership in a number of ways-

·      2 parents are members of the Board of Governors

·      we have an active Parent Teachers Association

·      we have at least two parent/teacher interview opportunities in P1, P2, and P3.

·      we hold year group specific information evenings each year

·      we provide literacy and numeracy booklets to parents each year regarding expectations and ways to help

·      we ask parents to help children to practice and revise their homework

·      we involve parents in school trips, preparing materials and helping with the library.

·      we invite parents to help with class activities

·      we provide opportunities for parents to visit the school to see children’s work

·      we send home written reports once a year

·      we send home regular diaries and information about school policies and events

·      several parents have been trained to provide additional reading opportunities

·      the principal welcomes parents’ views and ideas and will gladly see any parent who wishes to discuss any aspect of the school with her.

 

PTA

The school has a thriving PTA which meets regularly.  Parents are very welcome to join or to put their name forward to be a casual volunteer for events.  The PTA is not only a way to become a part of our school community but also raises funds for school through enjoyable events for pupils and parents.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

School dinners are available for children who wish to have them and they fully meet the healthy eating guidelines. We ask parents to opt for dinners or packed lunches on a termly basis.  Dinners can be paid for through the class teacher each Monday.  Please send the correct amount of money in a sealed, named envelope.  Please take advantage of free meals if your child is entitled to them.  There are application forms available from the school secretary.

 

You may prefer to give your child a packed lunch.  This can be eaten under supervision in one of the classrooms.  Please send a small, easily eaten lunch and a non-fizzy drink in a watertight, unbreakable container.

 

MID-MORNING BREAK

We will supply a small carton of milk for each child whose parent wants him/her to have it.  This is paid for at the beginning of each term.  The alternative, in the interest of teeth, is water - once again please send it in a watertight, unbreakable container.

 

If you want to give your child a snack to eat with his/her milk we would suggest one of the following -

a plain biscuit

a piece of fruit

a few crisps in a plastic box

a scone

a piece of cheese or

a small sandwich.

 

We are trying to encourage healthy eating and care of the teeth, so plain non-sticky snacks are best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

There is a school uniform which all pupils are encouraged to wear.  This encourages a sense of community, reduces competition and is safe and comfortable to work in.  The basic colours are royal blue, grey and yellow with a blue or yellow logo.

 

Girls:               grey pinafore/skirt

                        yellow polo shirt with logo*

                        or

                        white blouse

                        school tie*

                        school sweatshirt with school logo*

                        white, grey or royal blue socks or tights

Summer           light blue and white checked dress

 

Boys:               grey trousers or shorts

                        yellow polo shirt with logo*

                        ORwhite shirt with school tie

                        school sweatshirt*

                        grey socks

 

A fleecy lined raincoat* and a blue baseball cap* are also available.

 

PE                   PE slippers (no laces please!) and jogging bottoms* (for Health and Safety these should be elasticated at the ankles).

 

*  These items are available through the school from the supplier, Gull Leisurewear and a uniform shop will be open in school each Wednesday morning from 9.00 – 9.30 am.  Uniform order forms are available in each cloakroom throughout the year.

 

PLEASE mark all clothing and shoes with your child’s name.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

In the interests of safety NO jewellery should be worn to school - earrings and rings can catch on clothing etc and cause unpleasant injuries.  Shoes should be flat with secure fastenings.

 

 

IMPORTANTDATESANDTIMES

 

TERM DATES FOR YEAR 2016 - 2017

 

AUTUMN TERM                             31 August 2016 –20 December 2016

Half Term                                           31 October 2016 – 4 November 2016

                                                            (7 November is an exceptional closure day)

Christmas Holidays                            21 December – 2016 – 2 January 2017

                                                            (4 January is an exceptional closure day)

SPRING TERM                                5 January 2017 – 7 April 2017

Half Term                                           16 – 20 February 2017

                                                           (20 February is an exceptional closure day)

St Patrick’s Day                                 17 March 2017 (exceptional closure day)

Easter Holiday                                   10 April – 21 April 2017

 

SUMMER TERM                              24 April 2017 – 30 June 2017

May Day Holiday                              1 May 2017

Exceptional Closure                           29 May 2017

Please Note:  All dates are inclusive. 

 

SCHOOL WILL CLOSE AT 12.00 NOON ON THE LAST DAY BEFORE EACH HALF TERM OR

END OF TERM HOLIDAY.

 

TIMETABLEFORTHEDAY

8.45 am                       Children may come into school

9.00 am                       Teaching starts

10.15 - 10.30 am         Morning Break

12.15 - 1.00 pm           Lunch Break

2.15 pm                       P1s finish school

2.30 pm                       P2 and P3 finish school

 

In order to let P1 children settle in gradually they start in three groups over a period of one week.

School Ethos

Ethos - “The distinctive character and atmosphere of a school”

The ethos of Belmont Primary School is characterised by :-

  • good relationships;
  • a safe and caring environment;
  • equality of treatment for all;
  • empathy with parents and with their aspirations for the education and well-being of their children
  • a strong team spirit amongst the staff.

    
Pupils and staff will be encouraged to develop:-

  • a sense of belonging to our school community;
  • respect for each other and for other’s ideas, opinions and property;
  • a caring attitude towards each other;
  • confidence, self respect and independence;
  • a belief in their personal worth within the school and beyond.

    
We will support and encourage this development by providing:-

  • a welcoming atmosphere;
  • appropriate teaching about values and behaviour;
  • regular opportunities for discussion reflection and communication;
  • a safe building and grounds in which pupils are protected from harm;
  • a stimulating learning environment in which it is safe to learn from mistakes and successes;
  • a positive approach to behaviour in which there are more rewards than sanctions.

The school will promote the moral, intellectual, personal and social development of all its pupils.

Anti-bullying policy

Bullying can be defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for the victim to defend him/herself. It can take many forms - physical, verbal or indirect. If unchecked, it can be damaging to the victim in both short and longer term and can disrupt or impair the capacity to learn and develop. Schools have a basic responsibility to keep their pupils safe from harm and provide a secure learning environment. It is the policy of this school that all staff should be vigilant and intervene promptly when there are signs of pupils behaving unkindly towards each other. Teaching about appropriate behaviour, modelling by adults, themes in assembly and praise for kind and caring behaviour create a positive ethos within the school. High levels of supervision in the playground and games which encourage co-operation reduce opportunities for unacceptable behaviour. Where staff detect early signs of this behaviour they will

  1. react promptly and withdraw the child to talk the situation through explaining why the behaviour is unacceptable;
  2. reassure and comfort the other child and ensure that s/he is placed with another supportive child or an adult;
  3. withdraw the first child from the situation and monitor behaviour
  4. refer the matter to the principal or vice-principal;
  5. inform parents and agree a strategy if necessary;
  6. take advice from outside agencies if necessary.

In the experience of the school it has usually been possible to intervene at an early stage and prevent further incidents. The open and positive ethos within classrooms, the use of circle time and the good relationships between parents and teachers have allowed both children and parents to talk to the school about these difficult situations. Follow-up work during RE, circle time and assembly has reminded the children of the type of behaviour towards others that is expected of them.

Opportunities For The Development Of A Positive Ethos 

  • Assemblies - pupils take part in assemblies sharing ideas and their achievements
  • Classroom activities are appropriate to pupils levels of development ensuring success. Mistakes are regarded as “learning opportunities”
  • Marking is done soon after the completion of work and suitable remarks/stamps or stickers are awarded
  • Pupils take work to other pupils, teachers, the principal and the school secretary for praise
  • Pupils are praised for behaving well and keeping class and school rules
  • RE, assembly themes and structured play activities are used to encourage kind, caring behaviour.
  • Pupils are encouraged to keep the school tidy and to care for their books and toys.
  • Work is displayed in public areas for others to see
  • Photographs of pupils working, playing and on school trips are displayed.
  • Primary threes celebrate their three years in the school with parents and teachers through their prizegiving.
  • Teachers use circle time to encourage the sharing of ideas and to give children an opportunity to listen to and appreciate each other.
  • Big books, stories and the Church’s Peace Education Project are used to explore feelings and emotions.

Promoting positive behaviour

It is the policy of Belmont Primary School to promote good patterns of behaviour in classrooms, corridors, playgrounds, the school hall and on out of school visits or trips. The following will support this development:-

  • the ethos of the school
  • school and class rules
  • the learning environment
  • teaching approaches
  • rewards and sanctions

All members of staff are fully committed to creating a safe, caring environment in which the emotional, physical and academic welfare of pupils is fostered. In this school we believe that both children and adults have a right to mutual respect; to be listened to and to have responses which are clear, pleasant and well mannered.

The school rules are simple (see attached) and were agreed by the whole school in September 2001 and are reviewed each September in assembly. Against the background of these and the school’s ethos statement each teacher formulates her own class rules with her pupils in the first half term. This helps children to feel part of the decision making process and to be aware of the parameters set for their behaviour. Stories are used to reinforce these rules and circle time allows children to talk about behaviour and its outcomes. Clear rules and consequences are known and understood and clear boundaries are in place.

In each class the emphasis is on positive reinforcement eg specific verbal praise for good behaviour, kindness, effort etc. Work is marked regularly and encouraging comments added where appropriate. Stamps and stickers are given for correct work, prompt completion and trying hard. A child may show good work to another group, class or the school secretary or the principal.. Teachers speak to pupils about their work using knowledge of each child to make appropriate comments. Praise is immediate, individual and specific. The pupils are made aware of the standards set and when these standards are not met the teacher will deal with each situation on its merits. She may do one of the following:-

  • Speak to the child about his/her behaviour/work, pointing out the mistakes made or standards not met. She will then tell the child what she expects next time.
  • Write a comment on a piece of work or ask for the work to be redone or completed
  • Discuss the school or class rule with an individual, group or whole class and try to help the pupils see where they went wrong.
  • Withdraw a child from an activity which he/she is disrupting, pointing out the unacceptable behaviour and allowing the child a short “reflection” time.
  • Dangerous behaviour, particularly in PE or in the playground will not be allowed and the child will be withdrawn from the activity and only allowed to resume it when the teacher feels he/she will not repeat the behaviour.
  • A child will sometimes be withdrawn from a group table and asked to sit at a single table for a period of time. This happens when a child is disrupting others work, or to allow him/her space to concentrate.

If inappropriate behaviour is persistent the teacher will inform the principal and she will see the child to discuss the behaviour and set targets for better performance. The child may be withdrawn from the class and work with the principal for a short time if this is appropriate. The principal will monitor future behaviour and record changes with praise and/or stickers.

If there is no change in the child’s behaviour parents will be informed and a shared plan of action agreed. Some of the following may be used:-

  • a daily behaviour sheet with appropriate symbols
  • a weekly discussion with parents
  • a “reward box ie counters given/taken away against set targets. Counters are exchanged for a sticker/stamp.

The SENCO will be asked for advice and external agencies will be used when appropriate.

Through a positive approach to behaviour we hope to empower children to understand and take responsibility for their own behaviour.