Our vision is to ‘Learn Together Through Reflection.’ Making sure that everyone in our school community is safe is an essential prerequisite if children are to demonstrate the above.
At The Mease Spencer Academy we have a Safeguarding Team, listed below, but also regard seeking to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between academy and families. Information about our approach to pastoral support, e-safety and our policies and procedures can be found below.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead – Julia Hart
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Chantelle Lawer
Schools are charged with maintaining a safe, supportive environment which protects the rights and needs of children at all times. School staff have regular contact with children and young people, and a responsibility to help to identify signs of children in need of additional support or protection accordingly.
Together, these responsibilities are called safeguarding.
At The Mease Spencer Academy, the safety and welfare of our children is at the heart of everything we do. We recognise our safeguarding responsibilities to include:
- creating a safe environment for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices;
- ensuring that adults who work in school, including volunteers, are able to work with children safely, and are properly trained and equipped to do so;
- teaching children and young people to stay safe; and
- maintaining an environment in which children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
As part of our safeguarding delivery Inkersall Primary Academy follows the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures (www.derbyshirescb.org.uk) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007).
Links to safeguarding resources used in school can be found here.
There are many ways by which we teach children to stay safe. These include:
PSHCE & British Values
At The Mease, we believe that we will prepare children for the future and raise standards across the curriculum by stimulating children’s imaginations, developing empathy and providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving. This includes promoting British Values. The values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are promoted through the delivery of our curriculum, specific sessions and assemblies to develop children’s social and emotional understanding.
We will invite Friendship Buddies from the nearby Hilton Primary School, also part of the Spencer Academies Trust, to come along and play with our young pupils – they will do a great job of encouraging positive friendships and play. We will also establish a School Council, giving all children opportunities to have a voice.
Mrs Hart leads our PSHE curriculum and our School Council work.
At The Mease, we teach the children about e-safety through their computing lessons. This begins with basic skills such as remembering to ask an adult before using the internet in Reception and, by Year 6, the children will be taught the difference between on-line friends and in-person friends and the kind of chat that is safe to have. Mrs Hart is the teacher responsible for e-safety in school.
Information to help keep your child safe online can be found on several websites. The following we have found to be particularly useful: