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 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 through-out the key stages to tackle everyday challenges that may present themselves that may compromise their emotional health or wellbeing.
Summary of Intervention
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 House
All students are assigned to the Unity House system (North, South, East and West). They will have a Head of House who has an overview of academic progress and if appropriate, can support with emotional and wellbeing intervention. The Head of House will liaise with other staff within College as required to ensure the appropriate support is put in place.
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 exams officer by email .
email@example.com (exams officer)
From Y7 to Y11 your child will have one iD lesson a week. During the year the curriculum will focus on develop 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 intervention’s, 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.
A variety of activities are offered to students of all years throughout the year 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 is on Monday to Thursday, 3.10pm - until 4.00pm to help support and guide all students.
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 Y10 and Y11 through mock interviews and career guidance interviews.
The Independent Learning Resource Room - ILR
A quiet space where students can access their lessons through independent learning, supported by a member of college staff. This is accessed on a referral basis, and is a temporary intervention. Students will move from here back into normal timetabled lessons.
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.
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.
External Early Help Services
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