The high quality pastoral care provided at Cornerpost Education Centre is always aimed at improving children’s self-esteem in a safe and secure environment. Before a child arrives, we expect all schools to provide information on his or her attainment and achievements in addition to other details so that we can consolidate and build upon these starting points from the outset. During each child’s stay at CEC, we expect to fully engage in dialogue with the school and other partners such a parents and carers, as appropriate. The Partnership Manager supports families by collating information, attending meetings with other agencies, and providing feedback to the CEC Manager in confidence, as appropriate.
Each child is provided with a place to store some appropriate personal belongings and a coat peg. Basic resources needed for learning are provided by the CEC, and so too is a daily hot lunch. Pupils are expected to treat these facilities with respect, and to keep their personal tray tidy and organised.
Encouragement and support is offered to each child on an ongoing basis by the staff team. The frequent peer support is also seen as a valuable tool, and this is recognised positively as and when it occurs. There are many occasions throughout the typical day when attention is drawn to a child’s actions, attitudes, or contributions. The high ratio of staff to pupils (approximately 1:4) enables us to address small groups or individuals as the need arises. A relatively high proportion of time may be devoted to this to facilitate a positive outcome. There is at least one timetabled part of each day devoted specifically to raising achievement in personal, social and emotional development.
At Cornerpost Education Centre there is a 10 stage achievement ladder marking progress towards eventual transition back into mainstream education. The stages are made known to the children and they are given opportunities to reflect on whereabouts they are. The curriculum provides opportunities for children to improve their skills, knowledge and understanding, particularly in English and mathematics. Work is often displayed as an acknowledgement to achievement. The unique setting at a prestigious boxing club provides children with a chance to improve their health by developing their skills in basic boxing techniques and stamina.
There is an extensive range of policies in operation, including Health and Safety; Safeguarding of Children; Equal Opportunities; and Whistelblowing. Risk Assessments for a range of activities at CEC are in place and these are reviewed regularly. The staff group regularly update their training on a range of safeguarding issues. Child Protection training is delivered annually and most staff members hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. Staff are aware of the following important documents:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (Statutory Guidance) September 2016
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (Information for all school and college staff) September 2016
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children) March 2016
- What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners March 2015
- Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers March 2015
- The Prevent Strategy: Stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists and violent extremists May 2008