Development of Relationships and Behaviour
All pupils are expected to behave well and, from the outset, to behave appropriately for their age and the circumstances. If behaviour does become a problem, parents and carers are always involved in plans to help their child. Such plans may also involve educational or clinical psychologists. The school’s Behaviour Policy (which is reviewed annually) is available from the Headteacher.
The Livity School encourages pupils to learn and follow our four rules:
At The Livity School all staff seek to highlight pupil achievement wherever possible. Verbal praise, public acknowledgement, stickers and certificates are all used to acknowledge and reward achievements. Pupils are encouraged to recognise their own and others’ achievements. School assemblies, classroom reward charts and displays throughout the school reflect this ethos. Great emphasis is given to sharing pupil achievement as often as possible with parents/carers and home.
Certificates and examples of pupils work are collected to form part of a Record of Achievement which every pupil takes with them when they leave The Livity School. Where possible, pupils participate in preparing this Record of Achievement by helping to choose items of work (art work, writing etc) and photographs/videos illustrating their progress throughout the school.
The Record of Achievement is presented to pupils in Year 6 when they leave The Livity School as both a record of their school life and a celebration of their achievements.
All pupils at the school will have a Education Health and Care Plan. The plan is reviewed annually. Parents are invited to contribute and where appropriate so are the pupils, as are other professionals involved with the child. A written report and other appropriate therapy reports are sent to parents/carers. They are invited to attend the review with their child’s teacher and other appropriate professionals in order to discuss their child’s educational progress. All reviews take place in line with the Code of Practice.
At this meeting targets from the past year are reviewed and new targets are set for the following year.
Pupils in the Foundation Stage are entitled to a six monthly review of their targets and progress made.
Parents/carers are invited to attend an ‘Objectives Evening’ in the Autumn Term when the educational targets are set for the next academic year.
Transfer to Secondary School
A move to secondary school is always a big part of any child’s life. We aim to try and make this transition as smooth as possible.
At The Livity School we start to create a programme for transition when the child enters Year Five.
In the autumn term we meet with parents/carers and a representative of the LA to discuss transfer to secondary provision. Our Parent Liaison Worker will provide support, make arrangements and visit secondary schools with parents on their open days.
In the Spring term of the following year we have transition reviews for our Year Five pupils as part of the Annual Review process. At this meeting the best curriculum/provision arrangements are discussed to equip the child to move into his/her secondary phase at the end of the Year Six when the child is eleven years old. Decisions about the child’s future school are addressed at this meeting and reported to the LA.
Parents are then encouraged to view schools that will be able to meet their child’s needs recommended by the school and other professionals.
Once the decision of secondary transfer has been made, the school will work in negotiating a series of transitional visits with the new school during the Spring/Summer term of the child’s Year Six in order to prepare them for leaving The Livity School.
We maintain good links with the secondary school for pupils with complex needs and other special schools in the Local Authority.
We also have created links with more specialist provisions outside of the Local Authority which might be more suitable to meet the needs of our children.
Each pupil’s class teacher develops home/school links and communication can be made in the first instance via the home/school book. We also have a Home/School Learning Scheme where homework is sent home on a weekly basis. In addition we have established a ‘Chat Book’ which children share between home and school. The bus escorts also have a message book so that information can be passed on through them.
Parents/carers can arrange to meet teachers in order to discuss any matters on which they have concerns. If you feel you need to meet your child’s teacher, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.