Our school offers a warm welcome to all children looked after. We realise that it can be a difficult time moving schools and perhaps having a new person to live with. We will work closely with carers and pupils so you feel comfortable in our school.
All staff are due to have training in Level 1 ‘Children Looked After Friendly School’ on Wednesday 9th December 2020. All children looked after are able to choose a key adult to support them throughout their school life in Caradog. This is an adult with whom they can develop an attachment-like-relationship to help them navigate challenges through their day-to-day life at school.
Mrs. Kelly Strong is our Designated Person for CLA.
The School Governors with responsibility for Children Looked After are:
Mr. Mark Strong
Mrs. Carol Hanbury
Mrs. Katherine Gregory.
Along with the Headteacher, we also have a team of people who look after wellbeing in our school. Rhian Shellard, our Deputy Head and ALNCo, is the lead for wellbeing, supported by Sara Connolly and a dedicated team of support staff.
We use the Thrive approach throughout our school. Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children's emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs. All our children looked after receive one-to-one Thrive intervention.
Five of our staff are licensed Thrive Practitioners:
Mrs. Kelly Strong
Ms. Clare Driscoll
Mrs. Krista Bew
Mrs. Louise Hughes
Our school also has two trained ELSA's (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants). Please contact your child's class teacher if you feel they would benefit from ELSA support.
We work closely with other services, including Social Services and the RCT Learning Support Team. If additional services are needed we liaise with the CLA Team in the Local Authority. Assistance may include support from psychologists and other agencies. Please see the RCT CLA leaflet for further information.