At Safa we pride ourselves on the care and support we offer our students, parents and teachers. Pastoral care is a major strength of the school, and we pay particular attention to the transition being seamless into school life but also between the different phases of our school. Children who join from other schools usually say that they settle into school life within a few days. Our caring ethos is based on mutual respect for one another and on appreciating individuality.
There are times in all of our lives when things can feel hard and we just don’t know how we will get through them. In addition, we have all been through one of the toughest years of our time and are still processing many of the ways in which our lives have been impacted by the global pandemic. Add to that, friendship troubles, academic pressures, hormones, changes to our daily routines or just fitting in, that lead to additional pressures in which we may need support.
Safa Community School staff work closely with one another to ensure our students’ wellbeing and individual physical and emotional needs are supported in close liaison with our parents. Our pastoral care team and understanding staff are supported, when needed, by a school counsellor who is available for students in a confidential forum. Our external links with KidsFirst offer bespoke Child psychology seminars for both parents and children alike.
Happy students make for positive learners. Our goal is to ensure that all students enjoy coming to school, embrace the challenges ahead of them and are fully prepared for what lies ahead of them in the future.
We have a number of comprehensive systems in place to ensure the wellbeing of our students whilst at our school.
Counselling contributes to tackling barriers to learning which may result from personal trauma, difficult home circumstances, stress, bullying or maybe even abuse. Our school counsellor Ms Hutchins works with a number of students from the Primary and Secondary school to ensure they are getting the appropriate level of support to help overcome any such barriers.
The notion of wellbeing as a catalyst for human development is common in every socio-economic, education and cultural context. Internationally, wellbeing is recognised and prioritised as a pre-requisite for the future success of humanity.
With enhanced wellbeing, we naturally become more emotionally literate and creative. In this, we become more agile and develop an enhanced capacity for problem-solving. We also become more resilient when facing challenges and are more likely to employ a growth mindset and persevere. Quite simply, the dedicated pursuance of wellbeing is a fundamental feature of successful human development.
At Safa Community School, our children’s social and emotional well being are at the heart of everything that we do. This policy outlines procedures related to rewards and positive behaviour management. Our pastoral care reflects a positive ethos that builds upon an intrinsic self motivation to learn as part of our Safa Learning Culture.
To develop self-confidence and self-esteem, showing pride in our achievements and in our school.
To show sensitivity and consideration for others.
To develop respect and tolerance for other ways of life and different opinions.
To develop responsibility for our learning and our environment.
We use positive reinforcement in order to promote and support a safe and happy learning environment. Examples of positive reinforcement are:
At Safa Community School (SCS) we seek to promote the highest standards of behaviour and self-discipline and are committed to rewarding good behaviour. Our aim is to promote a positive ethos throughout the school that creates an environment where students feel safe, secure and happy, thus maximising their learning opportunities. All members of staff are expected to encourage students to behave responsibly and to manage behaviour effectively using the procedures set out in this document. SCS seeks to ensure that staff use appropriate rewards and reflections in a consistent way so that students view the school’s policy as fair and non-discriminatory. At SCS we recognise that a student’s behaviour is closely linked to their social and emotional well-being. As such, rewards and reflections are always applied with this in mind, dependent on the needs of the individual student concerned. Support and training is given to staff when required to help them deal with particular individual students or situations. Strategies are most effective when there is a partnership between parents, the school and, where necessary, outside agencies. We aim to provide consistent support and guidance to ensure high standards are adhered to. This policy applies to all Secondary students and will be given to all staff as part of an induction process. Volunteers and those supervising extra-curricular activities or accompanying school trips are instructed to make themselves familiar with the Positive Behavior Management Policy. We have very high expectations of our students and a belief that every student is capable of meeting them. The Positive Behavior Management Policy exists to make sure learning can happen in the best possible conditions and therefore everyone has to follow the Policy so that the system works and everyone benefits. Within this Policy are the necessary consequences for not meeting our expectations – the expectations are clear and there is consistency to the consequences. Corporal punishment or the threat of corporal punishment of students is prohibited at SCS.
Promoting high standards of behaviour and self-discipline, committed to rewarding good behaviour. Good behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Where teachers can form positive relationships with their students it will increase the likelihood of students flourishing.
A simple 3 stage process to be implemented in the classroom.
We seek to promote and reward good behaviour in a variety of ways including the following:
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