How do we ensure student welfare at Burnside?
We want Burnside to be a positive learning environment where students can develop their skills and dispositions. However, we are aware of the impact that social and emotional issues can have on learning. Therefore we are always trying to promote, through all aspects of school life, respect and tolerance of our individual differences. We should all be equally valued and this value is promoted through the curriculum we provide but also in our extra-curricular activities and our community projects.
We therefore are very pro-active in trying to ensure that we tackle any issues in a timely fashion and put strategies in place to try and get learning back on course. We have: an excellent PSCHE curriculum where we explore issues as a form group during LAMS (period 5 on a Tuesday), daily assemblies and thought for the day, which is discussed in extended tutor time. It is important that we educate young people in order to promote welfare but at times we need to offer extra support.
We have also devised policies that we use as a staff to ensure that we manage any student welfare incidents rapidly to minimize potential effects upon learning. These can be viewed alongside the relevant headings.