Supporting Distressed Learners

We are committed to supporting all our learners to enjoy their school experience and engage positively in all the social and learning opportunities our school provides. Positive relationships are fundamental to enable  effective  teaching  and  learning  to  take  place.  We  have  adopted  the  following  key  principles  to create a caring, supportive, learning environment;

  • an ethos that values positive, restorative and respectful relationships and promotes shared values
  • an  inclusive  and  safe  learning  environment  which  supports  children  and  develops  their  skills  and resilience enabling them to become responsible for their own behaviour
  • recognising that all behaviour is communication and that understanding what is being communicated and the underlying needs is crucial for assessing and meeting children’s needs and finding solutions.

Unfortunately, there can be days and times when children experience difficulties and as a result they struggle with their emotions and behaviour. This can result in a child person becoming very upset or distressed whilst in school. In these situations adults will support the child to have space and time to calm down. Occasionally this support may need to take place in the classroom.   To maintain dignity, reduce possible triggers for further upset and to enable their peers to continue learning with minimal disruption, the teacher may decide to decant the class and use an alternative learning space. This allows the distressed child or young person to get the support they need in the class space and gives their peers an alternative space to continue with learning activities.

If a class decant has been necessary the school will do the following things;

  • provide an alternative space for learning activities quickly
  • speak to the class about emotions, feelings and behaviour as part of their health and wellbeing curriculum
  • get in touch with the parents or carers of the child who has been upset and distressed to agree supports and next steps
  • get in touch with the parents or carers of any child that seems to have been particularly effected
  • answer any questions or concerns from parents/carers whilst respecting the privacy of others.