As many of our young people have been out of education for a significant amount of time it is imperative, we have a robust and meaningful pastoral system in place. We believe an effective, nurturing, and supportive pastoral system is a vital component of our school. It ensures all our young people rebuild and have a positive outlook on school life, enabling them to flourish academically and personally.
The aims of pastoral support at Break Through School:
- To provide support that meets the differing needs of all young people so that each young person is equipped with the skills to cope with life after Break Through.
- To support young people in addressing social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs.
- To maintain an atmosphere in which young people feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
- To reassure parents/carers their young person is being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.
- To encourage young people to recognise and reflect upon their behaviour towards others and themselves.
- To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.
Pastoral Support Offer at Break Through School:
- We will support and work alongside parents/carers/agencies in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their young person’s education or attendance.
- Conduct home visits for students transitioning back into education.
- Provide a transitional educational offer for students
- To provide specialist 1 to 1 support for individual young people who are identified; listening and talking to young people who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social skills.
- All students will have individual time each day with their keyworker to ensure all pastoral needs are being addressed.
- We will be flexible to ensure we can respond to situations as they arise within school.
- We will ensure there are communications and meetings with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their young person.
- Parent/carers will receive phone calls from their young persons keyworker at least once a week.
- We will ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.
- We will carry out home visits if students are absence for more than 24 hours without contact.