Safeguarding & Early Help

Here at Unity College we are committed to keeping your child safe.  We have a number of policies relating to safeguarding. Below is the main safeguarding and child protection policy. Other policies can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the website.

Unity College Early Help interventions.

At Unity College we pride ourselves in offering support and opportunities to our students so that they are able to progress and achieve in a well-rounded learning and supportive environment. Alongside high-quality teaching and learning students will be supported throughout the Key Stages to tackle everyday challenges that may present themselves that may compromise their emotional health or wellbeing.

Early Help

Summary of Intervention

PD Tutor

The PD tutor will see students in their PD group every day. They will be the member of staff who knows your child the best. They are the first port of call for any concerns that a student may have. PD tutors are responsible for overseeing the academic and pastoral wellbeing of their students. Parents should contact PD tutors with any concerns they may have regarding their child.

Head of Year and Deputy Head of Year 

Each year group has a Head of Year and a Deputy Head of Year, who will have oversight of the year group. The Head of Year and Deputy Head of Year monitor attainment, attendance and behaviour across the uear group and along with PD Tutors are responsible for encouraging participation and raising achievement for all.

Special Educational Needs Support

Some students are given specialist support via our special needs team. Parents / carers should contact our SENDCo via phone or email if they feel their child may need specialist learning support.

Access Arrangements for Examinations

Some students are able to access additional support when taking examinations. The College will identify these students however if you feel that your child may qualify for additional support please contact our SENDCo or our Examinations Officer.

iD Lessons

From Y7 to Y11 students will have one iD lesson a week. During the year the curriculum will focus on developing students understanding of a variety of topics from relationships through to careers guidance.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Team

At Unity College we can offer a wide range of support for students where there are emotional and mental health concerns. This may include regular pastoral ‘check-ins’, supportive information, advice and guidance sessions, and 1 to 1 therapeutic interventions including low intensity CBT.  

We have links to a range of online services on the college website, including Kooth, which is an NHS recommended online mental health and well-being service.

Where appropriate we can signpost, or support referrals to specialist services. 

If you are concerned about your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing please contact your child’s PD tutor in the first instance. 

Please note that if you have a serious concern regarding your child’s mental health or well-being you should contact your GP or in an emergency take your child directly to urgent care. 

Extra-Curricular Activities 

A variety of activities are offered to students of all years to promote personal development and wellbeing. Activities in areas of Sports, Drama, Music, Literacy and many more are available after college throughout the week. A full list of extra-curricular activities can be found on the College website.

Homework Club

Homework Club is on Monday to Thursday, 3.10pm - 4.00pm to help support and guide all students.

Careers Advice

Throughout the Key Stages students will discuss and develop their understanding of career pathways and lifestyle aspirations. This is delivered through the student’s iD lessons, college visits, experience days and in Year 10 and Year 11 through mock interviews and career guidance interviews.

Health Advice Drop in Service 

The Lancashire Healthy Young People and Families Service offers a weekly ‘drop in’ where students can discuss a range of health-related issues and concerns. Students can self-refer and an appointment will be arranged. 

Revision Sessions Year 11

Revision sessions are available for Year 11 in all subjects throughout the year. These take place daily excluding Wednesdays. Students should liaise with their subject tutors to clarify the revision session times and days.

External Agencies

The College works with a range of outside agencies. Some agencies support students in college and meetings are held in the College building.

College liaises closely with outside agencies and where appropriate can signpost students and families to services that can provide additional support.

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