Safeguarding, Well-being and Attendance officer
Mrs Angela Dixon is the schools new Safeguarding, Well-being and Attendance Officer.
Her main focus is to support our children, families and staff with their well-being, attendance and behaviour and to safeguard them. Mrs Dixon’s role is to enable all children to have equal access to education by ensuring their emotional, physical and wider needs are met.
She helps support the school's well-being focus through facilitating activities which promote a healthy lifestyle and positive mental health, as this has a positive impact on the child's educational and personal development.
This could include facilitating group or individual sessions for the children on friendship issues, anger management, self-awareness, loss and bereavement, social skills, change etc. She also supports parents/carers with any pastoral or behavioural needs including signposting or referring to professional partners when further help is required.
More recently, since the pandemic, everyone has become much more aware of the importance of good mental health, and so our attention has become much more focussed on dealing with our community's worries and fears around the virus. Mrs Dixon has an extensive range of resources to help support our children, parents/carers and staff during these unprecedented times.
The well-being of our children was at the centre of our ‘Cavendish Recovery Curriculum’ and this focus has remained a top priority. We understand that children need to be in the right ‘mind set’ to be able to complete tasks and be ready to learn. Each class has a feelings chart to help teachers identify how children are feeling and to spend time talking to those who need it. In EYFS and KS1 these are based on the story ‘The Colour Monster’. KS2 use a feelings chart based on the film ‘Inside Out’, with additional examples of each feeling on display. From EYFS, stories are used to help develop children’s understanding of feelings. This continues throughout KS1. Children in KS2 are encouraged to see ‘someone else’s point of view’ and have empathy for others.
Each class has access to a ‘worry box’ where children can write their worries anonymously if they do not feel confident enough to speak directly to a familiar adult. These concerns can then be discussed with the whole class. KS1 and EYFS also use a worry monster.
‘Circle time’ type activities are used to support pupil voice and discuss a range of issues or worries. ‘Mindfulness’ activities are incorporated into our PHSRE scheme ‘Jigsaw’ and within physical activities.
Each class completes a PHSRE ‘Jigsaw’ lesson every week delivered by class teachers. During the first ‘puzzle’ or unit of work, each class helps to create a class charter or a set of ‘rules’ to help everyone know what is expected.
The relationship between parents and carers is extremely important to us, and although times are difficult, Cavendish are doing our best to keep in touch by members of SLT being available on the playground each day, letters and newsletters sent via e-mail and ‘tweets’ sent by staff. Face to face meetings are difficult at the moment but meeting can be arranged through Teams or the Google Classroom.
Mrs Dixon works closely with our vulnerable pupils and also organises our School Council, play leaders and mediators.
Mrs Dixon is available every day, to provide support to all our families so please contact the school office to make an appointment or ring the school to speak to her.