Pastoral Support & Nurture

It is the aim of North Thoresby Primary Academy to provide a caring and happy environment where effective learning can take place. In the academy it is also our aim that through this environment each person, both child and adult, associated with the school can feel safe and secure and able to succeed to the best of their ability.

At North Thoresby Primary Academy we have a 4 layer pastoral support approach -

1. Academy Values and Ethos.

Children and whole school community feel valued and supported as part of the whole federation mindset, focused closely around our trust wide values and our curriculum intent to empower our children with the key skills of independence and resilience. Our behaviour system promotes is restorative focused and promotes self reflection for pupils.

2. Holistic Curriculum (Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE), British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain, whilst also helping pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

Through both discrete and thematic lessons, targeted assemblies and focused events (e.g. Anti-bullying Week, Mental Health Awareness Week) we provide our children with a high quality education to help them in managing the challenges of modern life and promoting the values of positive mental health awareness.

3. School-led Pastoral Support

Using staff who have had a range of additional training related to nurture and pastoral support, combined with a variety of different resources including games, stories and role play, we help our children to become more aware of their own thoughts, feelings and reactions and how they can best cope with them and appreciate the views and responses of others. These sessions tend to be in small groups and include a range of targeted children and sometimes some other children who may be able to model and share examples.

4. Expert-led Pastoral Support

Using outside professionals, we select in consultation with parents, a small group of children who require pastoral support for a specific issue/s that requires attention from an expert. These sessions usually take place in a 1 to 1 capacity, for a cycle of 10 weeks before being reviewed and reassessed. The academy pays for these sessions so there is no cost to the families.

Please see the Pastoral Support Policy below for further details:

Pastoral Care Policy NT&U Primary Academies 2018-2020 v1