The government now classes a pupil as a persistent absentee if their attendance at school drops below 90%. For those children whose attendance drops below this level, parents/carers will be informed and discussions will take place in order to consider what steps are required in order to improve their child’s attendance.
The Education Regulations state that applications for leave must be made in advance by a parent with whom the child lives and can only be authorised by the school in exceptional circumstances. Each application is considered individually by the school.
If a child is absent through sickness or a medical appointment, it is important that the school is notified on the day the child is absent. This allows the absence to be authorised.
The internet and other digital technologies permeate all aspects of life in a modern technological society. Internet use is part of the statutory National Curriculum and is a necessary tool for staff and pupils. It is the entitlement of every pupil to have access to the internet and digital technologies, in order to enrich their learning.
Pupils will learn how to:
•Use the internet and other digital technologies to support, extend and enhance learning
•Develop an understanding of the uses, importance and limitations of the internet and other digital technologies in the modern world including the need to avoid undesirable material
•Use the internet effectively for research purposes
•Evaluate information on the internet
•Report inappropriate web content
•Develop a positive attitude towards the internet and develop their ICT capability through both independent and collaborative working
•Use existing, as well as up-and-coming, technologies safely
•Use the internet safely (e-safety)
•Use ICT skills across the curriculum
Praise and encouragement are used to reward appropriate behaviour. When there is a breakdown in discipline the child is made to understand that it is his/her behaviour that is unacceptable and not the child personally. An immediate checking of the unacceptable behaviour may be all that is necessary. Should unacceptable behaviour persist, the parents/carers will be invited to discuss the issue with the Head Teacher and Class Teacher.
Bullying can take many forms. It is the responsibility of the whole school community to tackle bullying by ensuring the development of a caring and supportive ethos. We have a duty to take measures to prevent all forms of bullying.
- take all bullying problems seriously
- investigate all incidents thoroughly
- keep a written record of any incidents, investigations and outcomes
- ensure that action is taken to prevent further incidents.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Child Protection and Safeguarding
It is important that every child feels safe and valued in school. External doors can only be opened from the outside by security code or magnetic swipe card. Visitors enter by the main entrance where they are asked to identify themselves before being allowed access to the building. They then sign a visitor book and wear a badge in school.
We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. We follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board’s Child Protection Procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection Procedures).
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Neil Clark. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Paula Gudger.
What is ‘Prevent’?
Prevent is the government’s national strategy for ensuring that children in schools are protected against extreme ideas and beliefs. The strategy is designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent faith groups and other causes such as extremist animal rights groups.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to our school
From July 2015, all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other forms of harm. Importantly, we provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. We develop the core skills of confidence, listening and critical thinking which enable children to listen, think for themselves seeking advice when they are not sure. We also develop their self-esteem so they can clearly articulate and confidently represent themselves with their peers.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Challenging prejudices and behaviours that discriminate (e.g. racism)
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by carefully vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools are required to promote British Values, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent Strategy. British Values include:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
for more information about how our school promotes British Values.
We aim to promote all aspects of healthy living within school. Our pupils are encouraged to make the right choices towards leading a healthy lifestyle. Milk and fruit are available in school. Milk is free to all children under 5 after which parents can pay for milk. To apply for free school milk you need to apply online. Free fruit is provided by the government for all Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 children. The ‘Friends of Appleton Wiske School’ provide fruit for every child in Key Stage 2 on a daily basis. Research shows that drinking water during the day is beneficial to learning. Parents/Carers should provide their child with a water bottle, or purchase one from the school, which can be filled from the water cooler daily.
The ‘Appleton Mile’ and ‘Wake Up Shake Up’
We start every day with ten minutes of exercise in order to prepare us for a day of learning. We alternate between the ‘Appleton Mile’ (6 laps of the school field or 12 laps of the playground) and ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ (high energy fitness led by our Year 5/6 pupils).
We have a very active Pupil Voice at Appleton Wiske Community Primary School.
The school Council meets regularly to discuss issues brought to the meeting by both staff and pupils. The meetings allow the pupils to have a say in the management and organisation of the school. Each Year Group has two representatives on the School Council, selected by their peers through a democratic process.
Year 5 and 6 pupils can also apply to be a Playtime Friend, E-Safety Officer, Road Safety Officer or a member of the Green Team. The process takes place in September with children being invited to apply for these posts.