Children Looked After (CLA)
All children looked after are extremely welcome in the school. We realise that it can be a difficult time moving schools and perhaps having a new person to live with.
We will work closely with carers and pupils so you feel comfortable in our school.
All staff, including ancillary staff have training in Level 1 Children Looked After Friendly School. We have achieved the Platinum Award of CLA Friendly Schools in 2020.
Julia Render is the Designated Teacher for CLA.
She has had training in Level 3 Children Looked After Friendly School. She liaises with the Local Authority CLA Team. She makes sure that each Child Looked After has a Personal Education Plan (PEP). These are reviewed in PEP reviews every six months. In addition she attends the CLA reviews which are usually held every six months. Where it is possible, we encourage the child/ young person to attend their CLA review and to have input into the PEP. Recently along with the new ALN Bill, there have been changes to the way in which PEPS are managed ad created. Since September 2022 we will be running the PEPs slightly differently as pupils will have a PCP meeting as part of the PEP, so Libby Morris will help with these.
The Governor for CLA pupils is Janice Stuckey.
We also have a team of people who look after wellbeing in our school. Sean Gilbertson is the TLR for wellbeing. Sara Nuthall, Lyndsay Moulden and Krissy Evans run the Ty Hwyl provision in the school.
The school has six ELSA's , one per department, please contact your child's class teacher if you feel they would benefit from ELSA support.
We have members of staff in each area who are Trauma informed Practitioners and all staff have had training on Trauma Informed Approaches. We are on the journey to becoming a Trauma Informed school and TIS approaches are embedded in our context booklets. We use restorative approaches in our school and are goal is to build, maintain and repair relationships. We have a relationships policy which is central to what we do.
Additionally we have a Family Centre which is run by Karen Murphy, the Family Centre Instructor over three days a week. She gives support through organising coffee mornings, organising training on Signalong, First Aid. She has organised sessions for different therapies- yoga, pilates and reflexology.
We work closely with other services such as social services and therapies of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. We also liaise with other services such as play therapists under the direction of social services.
If additional services are needed we liaise with the CLA Team in the Local Authority. Assistance may include support from psychologists. Please see the RCT CLA leaflet for further information.