4 functions each of which has a sufficient ‘critical mass’ to be able to ensure reliable, consistent and constant provision.
The SEN Team is structured to provide support relating to Sensory and Physical needs, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties including Nurture and the Student Intervention Centre which provides bespoke timetable and individual/group support and Cognition and Learning.
Emotional Wellbeing Team
This is an extended team of 5 staff to include a team member attached to each year group. This team is particularly active with regard to ensuring the smooth operation of the Behaviour for Learning Framework and minimising barriers to student achievement and well-being. The team work with families, individuals and small groups of students on levels 2 and 3 of the Lancashire Continuum of Need.
The Designated Senior Leader for Child Protection, DSL, is:
- Mr Andrew Blackburn Deputy Headteacher
The Deputy DSLs for CP are:
- Miss J Sutcliffe – Child Protection
- Mrs A McDonagh – Child Protection
- Ms J Seggie (SLT member on site in the absence of A Blackburn)
This team works with families, individual and small groups of students on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Lancashire Continuum of Need. It responds to colleagues’ potential safeguarding concerns daily. It deals with student self-referrals and students who have concerns about peers and works proactively with individual and groups of students around a variety of topics relating to keeping safe.
Counselling is available to all students. Parent and self-referrals from students are also accepted. On occasion, to cope with demand, we source additional counselling capacity from external providers.
Counselling is a confidential service that means that details of work carried out with students are not shared with anyone including parents and the referrer. However safeguarding concerns will be shared with the Safeguarding Team in line with College policy.
Counselling offers support for a wide variety of issues including but not limited to, eating issues, low mood, self-harm, bullying, exam pressures, low self –esteem, sexual identity, bereavement and many others. The counsellor does not offer advice or tell a student what to do, the purpose of counselling is to empower the individual to make changes and decisions on their own. Students are not forced to attend counselling, it is their choice to engage or not.
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At Pendle Vale College we also have a Peer Mentoring service available to students in Years 7 and 8. Please speak to Mrs Fisk, Mrs Thompson-Craig or Miss Dewhurst in Student Support for further information.