SIGNAL Engagement and Intervention
We know that children succeed when they are supported well at school, treated as individuals and, if they are worried in any way, have someone to talk to. Our dedicated team are here to ensure all students are supported both academically but also pastorally during their time with us. Our Safeguarding, Mental Health and Mentor teams are based within the SIGNAL Inclusion Centre (which stands for Safeguarding, Inclusion, Guidance, Nurture, Advice, Learning). The centre aims to offer support and advice to our students during times of stress or worry. The Inclusion Team offer both 1-2-1 mentoring, which uses evidenced-based ideas from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and group work support. We also cover issues such as friendships, decision making and mindfulness, to name but a few.
Ofsted recognised The Bulmershe School "offers an aspirational yet caring community, where pupils are kept safe and their welfare matters greatly."
Mentoring & Support
It does not matter where you are from, what your level is, what your needs are or any barriers you might face, The Bulmershe School and our Intervention Team are here to support you and give you the resources you need to succeed.
Our team includes
- Our Safeguarding team based in SIGNAL
- Our Mentoring team based in SIGNAL
- Our Mental Health Co-ordinator based in SIGNAL
- Our Engagement Managers who sit with our Head of Years
Students are welcomed to SIGNAL for 1-2-1 mentoring, workshops and group work sessions. For day to day concerns students should visit their Engagement Managers in their year offices.
Ofsted noted that our Inclusion Centre is "effective in offering support and positive interactions within a supportive environment". Because of the support structure in school we have been able to intervene early and reduce exclusions and improve attendance.
Year Group Teams
Each year group are supported by a dedicated Head of Year and Engagement Manager, who work out of the Year Offices dotted around school. These are the people students who go to for any day to day concerns, reporting incidents or issues, or if they just want to talk.
(For contact email address for Heads of Year or Engagement Managers, please refer to your year group home page)
The Inclusion Centre is open to all students and referrals for support can be made by teachers, parents or the students themselves. Ofsted noted that our Inclusion Centre is "effective in offering support and positive interactions within a supportive environment". Because of the support structure in school we have been able to intervene early and reduce exclusions and improve attendance.
Student Intervention Plans
Our main process to set students who need support on the right path is the Pastoral Support Plan (PSP) and strategy process. Initially this is led by the student's Head of Year, and then if things escalate or continue, an Assistant Head will join to support.
Should the above intervention not improve matters, students are raised to our highest level of engagement support and strategy, which is led by a Deputy Headteacher. Meetings are held at regular intervals throughout this process, and reflect on things that are going well and areas of development.
Together we will look at what can be done to support and encourage progress and build specific plans for the student. Depending on the need, we can include external support as well.
For more information please contact our Inclusion Manager, Mr Lovelock: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bulmershe School Behaviour Policy is based upon our four values, which will ensure that every student is able to be successful, in school and out, and in the short and long term. Our core values underpin everything that we do, and everything that we aim to achieve, to ensure that our high expectations are met to allow every student to achieve their potential.
Ofsted notes that in Bulmershe "the behaviour of pupils is good. There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere around the school. Pupils are courteous and helpful, and they welcome visitors and new pupils to their school. They are smart and wear their uniform with pride. There is very little litter or graffiti around the school."
Our Students are all made of our behaviour system, a copy of which is available in every classroom in school:
("On-Call" is the term used to describe the rotared staff member on duty during a lesson to support staff and students when there are difficults.)
For more information, please refer to our School Behaviour Policy