Pastoral Team

Our Pastoral Team is made up of:
Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo/INCo)
Community Outreach and Child Safety Coordinator
Parent Support Advisor
Learning Mentor
 
The team is very important to us here at Pennoweth because we know that children need to feel safe, happy and that all their needs are met. Children arrive at school having had already a wide range of experiences and some of these experiences have been detrimental to their development and growth and as children move through the school too, events do occur that can affect children too. It is  because of this that we have formed a very effective team to help remove barriers to children learning.
 
SENCo: Our SENCo works especially with children who need additional help to support them to access the curriculum and make good progress. This help includes ensuring children have the right equipment to help them learn, access the right support and that children with health and access requirements have their needs met as well. Our SENCo meets with parents to review progress, contacts outside agencies to gain advice and support and help support teaching assistants to meet the needs of the children they support.
 
Community Outreach and Child Safety Coordinator: This is a new role for the school and one that is developing as each month goes by. We know how important it is for schools to work closely with parents and how important it is to find ways help parents understand the curriculum and how mums and dads can support at home. This role supports our Forest School programme and also meetings and events held at school.
 
Parent Support Advisor: Our Parent Support Advisor supports families and looks to solve issues at home that may prove to be a potential barrier to a child's learning. Some families may need advice on food or bedtimes. They may need support with housing or debt. Our PSA helps signpost families to the best service to help overcome their immediate issues.
 
Learning Mentor: Our Learning Mentor supports children at school. We have groups that work together at lunchtimes and during the afternoon as well as 'Young Men's Club and 'Young Women's Club' after school. It is during these sessions that some guiding conversations can take place, in comfortable surroundings and in a 'safe' environment.
 
There will be a number of children who will never need the direct support of any of this team but without this support in place for children when they need it, lessons do not go as smoothly as they do because children's needs are not met and this inevitably affects teaching and learning in classrooms.
 
If you would like to talk to any of the staff we have told you about or you would like some advice, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.