Policies

Safeguarding

Everyone working in, or for our school, shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:

  • Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in education settings, and;
  • Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking the appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in the school setting.

To download our full Safegaurding policy, click here: Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy June 2015 Firs Estate

To download our Missing Children policy, click here: Missing Children Policy 2016

Equal Opportunities

In line with Derby City Council’s Equal Opportunities guidelines, Firs Estate Primary School’s own policy seeks to ensure that all children receive equal treatment, regardless of sex, disability, race, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin and encourages pupils to show tolerance to differences in others.

Anti-Racism

Firs Estate Primary School does not tolerate any comments, jokes or mimicry concerning a child’s home language, skin colour, cultural traditions, etc. All racist incidents are reported to the Headteacher, who sees the children concerned separately, and gives an explanation of the moral reasons behind the school’s zero tolerance policy. The racist incident is logged; this is shown to the pupil at whom the comments have been directed and the perpetrator, and it is explained to the perpetrator that further offences will necessitate parents being informed.

In the case of repeated offences, the Headteacher seeks the involvement of Governors. The effectiveness of the school’s reporting procedure is monitored by the Headteacher and the Local Authority.

SEN Policy

At Firs Estate Primary School each child is seen as an individual, and staff work hard to meet the needs of every child in the school. Where children have needs which are considered special (difficulty in acquiring literacy and numeracy skills, challenging behaviour, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, physical disability) they receive support in accessing a broad and balanced curriculum along with their peers.

Our intention at Firs Estate is to provide a caring and supportive environment in which each child feels valued. Children are treated with respect, and taught to show respect to both adults and fellow pupils. Throughout the school, our aim is to develop independence in all our pupils, no matter what their special need may be.

We follow the Special Education Needs Code of Practice and plan and teach with the Every Child Matters agenda as a high priority.

Our team of support staff take a leading role in supporting children with Special Education Needs and have a high level of input in supporting children across the school.

To download the full SEN Policy, click here: Special Educational Needs Policy

Anti-bullying Policy

The school has a ‘duty of care’ towards its pupils with regard to bullying in that the headteacher and staff stand in ‘loco parentis’ (in place of the parents). This duty of care includes protecting pupils from harm from bullying.

This policy takes full account of the school’s legal obligations under the Education Act of 1986 to:

  • Have a policy to prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils.
  • Make a written copy of the anti-bullying statement available on request.
  • Set out the strategies to be followed with a system to implement them and a mechanism for monitoring and reviewing their effectiveness.

To download the full Anti-bullying Policy, click here: Anti Bullying March 2013

Behaviour Policy

At Firs Estate Primary School we believe that all children have the right to learn in a calm, safe environment. Staff at Firs Estate Primary School, are committed to maintaining high expectations of good behaviour as an essential contribution to the educational experience of the children and to their happiness and well being at school. The children are encouraged to have an understanding of the needs of others, and to develop considerate and co-operative behaviour.

At Firs Estate Primary School we like to work alongside parents to encourage children to develop as fully as possible. We want to help our children to:

  • Grow socially
  • Grow personally
  • Grow in their learning

Children learn best when they are clear about what they are supposed to do and when they are continually and consistently encouraged to do it (Every Child Matters).

To download the full Behaviour Policy, click here: Behaviour Policy Oct 2012

Access to Documents

Parents wishing to see or acquire the following documents, should contact the school office:

Data Protection Act 1998

An up-dated copy of the ‘Fair Processing Notice’ is issued to all parents.

We treat all information provided in confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will only use it for the purpose of supporting pupils’ teaching and learning, to monitor and report on their progress, to provide appropriate pastoral care and to assess how the school is doing as a whole.

By law, we are required to pass on information for similar educational purposes to the Education Service, to other schools to which pupils may transfer, to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), to the Connexions Service and to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). They are responsible for the National Curriculum and associated assessment. Information may also be passed to partner schools in connection with out of lesson time learning activities. Any information passed on to the aforementioned Education Services will be done so electronically.

Complaints Procedure

This policy procedure sets out our approach to dealing with parental concerns and complaints.

We always aim to maintain positive relationships with parents and carers and do our best to address any concerns as soon as they arise. However we are aware that in some instances a parent/carer may wish to make a complaint.

  • We value good home/school relations and will, therefore, do everything we can to establish and maintain them. This includes seeking to resolve any concerns or complaints promptly, and to the satisfaction of all concerned.
  • We will treat all concerns and complaints seriously and courteously and will advise parents and others of the school’s procedures for dealing with their concerns. In return, we expect parents and other complainants to behave respectfully towards all members of the school community. In particular, we expect that any disagreement with the school should not be expressed inappropriately or in front of pupils.
  • All school staff and members of the governing body will receive a copy (or have access on the Learning Platform) of this policy and procedure, and will be familiar with the school’s procedures for dealing with parental concerns and complaints, to which they will have access as required. The policy is available on request to parents.
  • The school’s procedures will be reviewed every 3 years.
  • We will seek to resolve concerns and complaints to the satisfaction of all parties.
  • The Local Authority advocate resolution of parental concerns and complaints at school level wherever possible, in the interests of maintaining good home / school relations.

To download the full Complaints Policy, click here: Complaints Policy Oct 2012

Homework Policy

We encourage all parents to take an active part in their child’s learning by supporting them at school. Homework is an important part of a child’s education, and can add much to a child’s development. The government made clear its commitment to homework in the 1997 White Paper Excellence in Schools, where homework was described as ‘an essential part of good education’. There is some evidence that homework can be an effective intervention in improving attainment by up to five months.

To download the full Homework Policy, click here: Homework Policy Nov 12

Marking and Feedback Policy

Effective marking and feedback is undertaken for a range of purposes. Teachers have a range of marking techniques, which take account of the age and ability of the children. The detail of comments will be determined by the particular focus of the work. Different types of feedback including verbal feedback enable the children to take the next steps in their learning.

To download the full Marking and Feedback Policy, click here: Marking Sept 2012

Whistleblowing Policy

The staff and governors of Firs Estate Primary School seek to run all aspects of the school business and activity with full regard for high standards of conduct and integrity. In the event that members of school staff, parents, governors or the school community at large become aware of activities which give cause for concern, as a team we have established the following Whistleblowing Policy. It is a code of practice, which acts as a framework to allow concerns to be raised confidentially. It aims to provide a thorough and appropriate investigation of the matter to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.

Throughout this Policy, the term ‘whistleblower’ denotes the person raising the concern or making the complaint. It is not meant in a pejorative sense and is entirely consistent with the terminology used by Lord Nolan as recommended in the Second Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: Local Spending Bodies published in May 1996.

To download the full Whistleblowing Policy, click here: Whistleblowing Policy May 2012

Charging Policy

Lettings

For private functions/meetings, all lettings will be in accordance with both the school’s ‘Casual Lettings Policy’ and also the guidelines as set by Derby City Council (Appendix A, Derby City Council School Lettings Guidelines).

Following an external letting, eg Church Meetings, an Accounts Receivable invoice will be raised through Oracle by the Finance Officer for the agreed amount.

Following a letting required by Derby City Council, eg Elections, Community Meetings, an Internal Re-charge Pro-forma is raised by the Finance Officer for the agreed amount. This amount is then credited to the School Budget by the LA Finance Department.

Insurance to protect all hirers of school premises is arranged by Derby City Council.

Full details of guidelines for lettings can be found in the schools copy of ‘Financial Guidelines for Schools Handbook’, provided by the Local Authority.

Private Telephone Calls

Any member of staff may make private telephone calls from the school. Full details of the name of the caller, date, time of call, area called, duration of call and cost are entered on a form, copies of which can be located in the Junior Building Staff Office and the Main School Office. Rates for calls and directory enquiries are charged at the current rate; for international calls please check with the operator. The school’s Office Administrator collects and banks money owed each half-term.

Private Photocopying

Private photocopying is charged at the current rate per sheet. Full details of copies are entered on a pro-forma, copies of which can be located by each of the school’s 2 photocopiers. The school’s Office Administrator collects and banks money owed each half-term.

This Policy will be reviewed annually by the Governors and will apply in its current form until amendments are required.

This Policy was agreed by Governors and will be reviewed by the Finance Committee annually in September 2015.

This document outlines Firs Estate Primary School’s safeguarding and child protection policy. It applies to all adults, including volunteers working in or on behalf of the school.

 

 

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