Parent Handbook – D

DBS Checks replaced CRB Checks as one of our key safeguarding tools a number of years ago.

Anyone in school who will work on their own with children (whether that is a volunteer or a member of staff) must have undertaken a DBS check before doing so. This ensures that they have no previous conviction that could cause a concern about them working at school.

DBS checks are not the only safeguarding measure we have at Grange Farm in terms but part of a jigsaw of approaches that also includes references, barred list checks and also, most importantly, an ongoing culture of vigilance from all staff.

All governors at Grange Farm also complete DBS checks. We also ensure that visitors to school and contractors working on the site have completed DBS checks and other relevant safeguarding checks before we allow them to work unsupervised around school.

We know that it makes life much easier when everyone in school knows key diary dates as far in advance as possible. Some changes of plans are inevitable but we always try to give everyone as much notice as possible.

You can find diary dates on the school website and upcoming key dates are also available on the weekly newsletter that comes out every Friday.

Differentiation is what we call the wide range of strategies that we use, on a day-to-day basis, to make our curriculum fit the needs of the wide range of learners that we have in our school.

Rarely in a lesson do all learners have the same start point for their learning. Everybody has different strengths and it is no coincidence that the word “different” is the root of the term “differentiation”.

Our strategies for differentiation include giving children work of differing challenge, targeting questions, providing differing levels of additional adult support, splitting classes into groups instead of working on a whole class basis and providing extension activities that challenge children when they have finished the first piece of work that has been asked of them.

Differentiating for children is a key skill of teachers but we also trust the judgement of the children themselves. Increasingly, we are involving children in deciding which level of work to challenge themselves with in lessons and they do very well taking on this responsibility.

All children are strongly encouraged to have a named water bottle with them in school and they will have access to this all day (although teachers would not expect children to be getting up in the middle of lessons to go for a drink). If they finish their water, they can refill their bottles at school.

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