Our pastoral team are available on a daily basis to support children and parents/carers. In our team we have Mrs Goymer -SENDCO who is available three days per week to support children with SEN. Mrs Goymer is passionate about supporting children and families. Please contact the school office to book an appointment with her. Mrs Goymer organises Coffee Mornings and this is an ideal opportunity to put any ideas forward you may have or to discuss any issues with her and other members of the pastoral team.
Mrs Nicholls is our Children's Wellbeing Lead and is available on a daily basis. She is trained in a Restorative Approach to managing children's behaviour. This is a very empowering and solution focused approach to dealing with conflict and helps children to accept responsibility for their actions and to reach a solution together. Good communications skills are at the heart of this approach. Mrs Nicholls supports children to deal with difficult emotions and has also supported children through bereavement/separation and anxiety. She also carries out group work with children in school.
Mr Hemraj is a class teacher and our School Restorative Behaviour Lead. He works closely with parents and staff to support pupils in managing their behaviour and in achieving their social, emotional and behaviour targets.
Esther Finn is the Pastoral Manager and works closely with all of our colleagues in the pastoral team to support children and families across our school community. Between us we can offer a range of support for children and parents including......advice on managing children's behaviour, support with attendance, mental health advice and signposting, bereavement support for children in school, applications for funding to support parents/Foodbank referrals, applications for White Goods. Esther has supported parents by applying for the Household Support Fund. She often attends meetings with parents and outside agencies. She also can also make referrals to agencies such as School Nurse Team, Forward Thinking (who help with children's emotional development) and Homestart (who can offer practical support in the home).
In addition to the above, we have a counselling service here in school for children twice per week. Twotentherapy have worked here at Court Farm Primary for over 5 years. They have kindly extended their service to offer free counselling to parents/carers who have a child in our school. Please see below for further details.
All of the staff in the pastoral team are DSL 's (designated safeguarding leads) and can offer guidance and support on safeguarding matters.
We are a very friendly team and always happy to help. We can arrange a confidential telephone call, Teams meeting or an appointment here in school if you prefer. Please get in touch if you need support.
Nora Young from Brewsters Education runs a support group for parents who have a child with ASD/ADHD. Last year Nora delivered a 10 week course here at Court Farm Primary for parents and children and provided so much useful information and support. Nora gave advice to parents on managing children’s behaviour but also worked directly with the children and gave them tools to help them to regulate their emotions. Nora has kindly offered to run another course for us here at school. Please contact Esther if you are interested and your name will be placed on a waiting list.
Many thanks to Abdul Hye from the DWP who held a support session on Benefit Advice on 17th October here in school. This was very well attended and so many parents/carers were advised they were not receiving their correct entitlement. Abdul has kindly offered ongoing support to Court Farm so please contact Esther if you need support with this and she can forward your query on to him.
HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT FUND/SUPPORT
The Household Support Fund has started up again.Please note, you will not be entitled to this funding if you have received it in the last 12 months. Parents/carerscan apply directly on https://www.bvsc.org/hsf.
Alternatively, please contact Esther if you need support with this.
COUNSELLING SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
Twotentherapy offer free counselling to parents/carers who have a child at Court Farm Primary. They can offer support on a wide range of issues including bereavement/depression/low mood/addiction/childhood trauma and domestic abuse. They offer their counselling service in person, on the telephone or on Zoom. Please contact Esther if you would like a referral made.
Birmingham City Council have set up this new scheme in collaboration with local businesses to help families by providing new beds and bedding. Please contact Esther who can make an application on your behalf if you need this support.
Please note this support will pause on 15th December and start again in January 2024.
Our local Foodbank (who we work in partnership with) would like to thank the parents/carers and staff at Court Farm Primary for our recent donations to their organisation. We will be doing an appeal again soon to support this very valuable charity in our community.
The Parent Fundraising Group have organised 2 Walk and Talk events for parents in the community. The first one took place on Friday 24th November-we meet at 2.30pm outside school and walk for one mile and the second event will be on Friday 8th December at the same time. Esther is also taking part in the walking group. The benefits of walking are well known both for physical and mental health and we are hoping to make this a regular event if there is enough interest from parents/carers.
SUPPORT AT CHRISTMAS
We are very aware in the pastoral team about the extra stress Christmas can put on families. We can support with this by applying for Christmas gifts for children from a local organisation. Please contact Esther who can discuss this further with you.