Student voice is a key cog in the decision making process in every NET academy. Each academy has a Junior Leadership team that runs a very active academy council with nominated Junior Leaders and Class Secretaries who represent each class. School council meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss current issues effecting academy; the Junior Leadership team vote on any action that needs to be taken. Students learn how a democratic system works from an early age and they develop skills in public speaking, decision making and listening to one another’s ideas. Students are empowered by the process and are valued as key stakeholders in every NET academy.
The primary academies all use a system called ‘Talk It Out’ so that students are able to communicate their worries to an adult. The rationale behind the idea is to ensure that every child at Northern Education Trust always has somebody to talk to. This is both reactive in addressing current problems and a proactive means of teaching our pupils that there are strategies available for them to manage their own mental health.
Every child has a laminated card with their name on that they keep in their draw in class. The child posts this card in a centrally placed, internal letterbox to alert the adult that they wish to talk to someone. Pupil Support then checks the post box daily and finds the child at an appropriate time to talk to them. ‘Talk It Out’ is valued by all children because they know they have the option to talk to someone should they need it. The ‘Talk It Out’ system encourages children to talk to someone if they are worried about an issue which is an important factor in improving their mental health and provides them with skills to improve their own well-being as they grow up.
All Northern Education Trust academies have an incredibly strong praise culture that is evident as soon as you walk through the door with ‘applause moments’ to be heard, displays dedicated to praise and the way teachers and students interact with one another.
Other rewards include:
Praise is also the bedrock of our ‘Expectations for Learning Policy’, which encourages children to make positive choices through praise and rewards.
At Hilton we promote safeguarding and wellbeing through our curriculum, including SCARF and our PSHE themed sessions which are predominantly recorded in floor books. Assemblies are also themed to reflect local, national and international current issues. Our communication with parents through our Facebook page and monthly newsletters keep our school community informed of initiatives and topics covered. In our staffing structure we have designated safeguarding leaders, an Attendance & Welfare Officer and a pupil Support Officer who arrange sessions where children can ‘Talk it out’. At Hilton, we promote links with local groups, clubs and activities which support well-being in our area.
CRUSE bereavement: 0191 276 5533
Healthy Youth Minds British Legion – supporting children: 08088028080
Place 2 be WEYES counselling service: 0191 273 3997
The Incredible Years – Barnardo’s parenting programme: 0191 275 9636
Strengthening Families Programme: 0191 275 9636
Community Family Hub – action for children: 0191 224 2460
Northern Education Trust takes safeguarding very seriously. Our academies ensure that safeguarding is a key priority in all aspects of academy life, and that safeguarding is a key part of our curriculum content. We see safeguarding as being the responsibility of all members of our academy communities.
Please see below a copy of the latest ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) guidance from the Department for Education.
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is also available in other languages here: https://national.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsietranslate
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