At Pilton we currently permit a small number of students to step outside the classroom for a few minutes to manage their behaviour, anxiety or anger. In order to manage this provision effectively for students and for staff, we are making a few changes to this system. This will continue to support positive learning behaviours and build up the resilience of our students.
Before completing an online form to apply for a time out card for your child, please consider carefully your reasons for doing so and be aware that we ask for evidence of need and agreement to our expectations:
Some students may need to leave their lesson due to a medical need or condition, including Autism or ADHD. A medical card will support students to manage their needs in a safe way that is agreed by both school and home.Students who misuse their medical card may have it revoked or altered in discussion with their Head of Year or SENDCo.
As a school (and as a SENDCo), I firmly believe in the importance of homework in supporting learning. Having the opportunity to recap and overlearn the subject content is essential, particularly for those with additional learning needs. On the other hand, I am fully aware of the family conflict that can occur when you have to insist that homework is completed, especially when your child is exhausted from their school day!
To avoid being in a position where your child is receiving negative points for work that is beyond their capacity, I will need your help. If you feel that, due to a SEN need, your child will not be able to manage this homework expectation and will require reasonable adjustments, I ask that you have a conversation with your child and make a family agreement as to how much work is reasonable for them to complete. Once you have had this discussion, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to outline what you feel is ‘doable’. We can then try to ensure our systems reflect this.