Treating our students as individuals and caring for each of their needs is very important to staff in SKIPS. Staff pride themselves on communicating effectively and because of this, it makes no difference that children have a variety of specialist teachers as well as their classroom teacher; they are always in contact with an adult who knows and understands them.
One of the reasons for the 20 minutes registration time each day, is so that class teachers can ensure that they get an opportunity, outside of curriculum teaching, to build relationships with their class. We want our class teachers to have a special time in the day in which they can have time to get to know individuals and make sure they are ready for learning each day.
Teaching and learning in SKIPS is as much about building character as it is about academic success and there are many opportunities for us within the timetable to talk about good character and what this means.
Our assemblies are a wonderful time when we come together and solidify our SKIPS family values.
Each week, there is an assembly in which aspects of character formation and the building of good learning habits are taught. Common themes for these assemblies might be: collaboration, the power of mistakes, being persistent or making amends with others.
Every Friday there is an assembly in which we celebrate with those students and staff who have demonstrated ‘Building Learning Power’ capacities. We also use it as a chance to celebrate teachers who have been working hard and given above and beyond their role.
All students are taught PSHLE (Personal Social Health and Leadership Education) by their classroom teacher. The only exception to this are those children who have Islamic studies which are timetabled to take place at the same time. PSHLE is an opportunity to develop students’ moral and global awareness as well as learning about bullying, e-safety and mental wellbeing. PSHLE helps even our youngest learners to understand how they can impact on the world around us and become the best possible version of themselves. It is an opportunity for teachers to provide learners with the foundations to understand how they can put our school vision into action and become "Tomorrow’s Leaders, Here and Now".
We have a full-time well-qualified School Counsellor who provides emotional support to the students. The School Counsellor works with the students in Primary and Secondary in a range of age-appropriate ways and coordinates with the class teachers, when necessary. When a member of staff feels that a child may benefit from counselling, they will contact the parent and consult with the Primary Headteacher. There is a standardised referral form used by staff when referring students.
The School Nurse
- provides medical care in the Primary and Secondary schools throughout the school day.
- provides first aid treatment throughout the school day and during school events such as the Sports Day, Swimming Gala and Inter House Games.
- organises immunisation and vaccination through liaison with a local clinic at appropriate intervals.
- maintains medical records which are confidential and created when a student joins the school.
- administers and supervises medication.