We pride ourselves in East Lothian on providing a safe learning environment for our pupils. Sometimes, some of our children may get anxious or agitated – we will do our best to help pupils to calm down using communication skills, distraction techniques and removing triggers where possible. However, there may be times when children need more help to calm down – this may require staff physical support to ensure the pupil’s own safety, the safety of other pupils and staff, or that property is not seriously damaged. This can require physical interventions. In East Lothian Council, we have adopted the Team Teach approach to manage challenging behaviour. Most of our teaching and support staff have been trained in the use of this approach.
All incidents where children need to be held to help them to calm down are recorded in school and parents are informed as a matter of course. Children who are likely to need help in this way will have an individual Behaviour Management Plan that will be discussed with you and consistently followed by all school staff. We will also ask you to share this information with other people/agencies supporting your son/daughter, e.g. transport, respite, link family, etc.
If you have any questions about how we manage behaviour at school, or about the Team Teach approach please contact the Head Teacher.