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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

11. How do you support children's physical and emotional needs?

We place importance in the right of all children to be heard, to be included and to be safe.


We know that children are unlikely to flourish unless they are developing positive relationships, feel safe and are adopting healthy life styles. We also know that some children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to making and keeping friendships. We address many of these issues in our PHSE (Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education) curriculum. We have a Behaviour Policy which is rooted in positive behaviour management and our Catholic ethos.


We encourage children to develop confidence and resilience through our teaching, social play opportunities and through more targeted support where this is needed. We promote positive behaviour as part of our philosophy of learning – for example, through group and paired work. We have a ‘growth mindset’ philosophy and encourage children to be resilient learners from an early age, accepting failure and mistakes as central parts of the learning process.


We have a 'Buddy' system – between Year 6 children and Reception. All children are included in this irrespective of their special needs. We always think carefully of the right buddy for a child with any SEND.

We make sure that our pupil council is representative of the population of the school –– and we encourage and support children with SEND to take on whole school responsibilities.


We have an up to date policy on how we manage medical needs.


Children with serious medical needs have an Individual Health Care Plan which sets out :

  • The medical condition and resulting needs, e.g. medication & treatment; environmental issues
  • Support for educational and emotional needs
  • Who provides support: their role and training and who needs to be aware
  • Arrangements for working with parents
  • Support for long term absence
  • Support on educational visits
  • Emergency procedures


When a child with medical needs is absent long term from school we make sure we keep the child in touch with learning and friendships.


Through our school nurse we induct staff on specialist areas such as Epipens and asthma.


We support all children to attend school regularly, for example thorough providing an enjoyable and stimulating curriculum and through home support where this is needed.


We provide specialist support and up to date training for staff on safeguarding, keeping children safe and meeting children’s emotional needs.


All of our staff and governors have an up-to-date DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service)


We have a well-trained team of Playground Assistants who organise games and activities. A very important part of their role is to keep a close eye on everything that is happening at lunch and break times and intervene if any child is feeling stressed or sad.