How does Haselworth support working families?
Haselworth has the highest expectations of pupil achievement. We will support parents to ensure their children do well.
We support working families by:
- providing a free breakfast club that now starts at 7:45
- subsidising trips and residentials
- running a non-profit making bookshop
- allocating funds fairly to ensure all children have equal access
- holding meetings outside of the school day
- ensuring that all activities are planned and shared well in advance
- offering alternate Pupil Progress Update appointments to suit shift patterns
- inviting working adults into the school as role models
- running a variety of after school clubs to extend the school day
- ensure there is good communication between home and school
- keeping the website up to date so that information can be easily accessed
Service Family funding
We aim to support families with parents in the armed services, or those who have been active within the last 3 years. We recognise the challenges for these pupils, and as part of our service family funding we ensure that service families are supported. Funding is reviewed every year, and for 2016 we are using the budget to support the purchase of a buddy bench. This was an idea contributed by the service families and will support new children in the school to have somewhere to go when they feel lonely. This will be installed once we have begun our playground alterations. We will also be accessing staff training on signposting for service families through the nff. Another part of the funding will be for Service Family Ambassadors. Our lead teacher has completed the training on this, and is now in the process of training children to give support to others. We also use a small amount of our funding to support service children with enrichment activities such as musical instrument lessons or trips.
Mrs McD is our ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). She works alongside our service children, either in class or giving them 1:1 support. We understand that it is hard for children who have a parent that is away so they will support service children emotionally.
We always have an open door policy, so if you are a service family and going through any difficulty, we willing to support.