The student services team are here to help and assist you while you are a student at Strood Academy.

Faculty Information

Our Student Support and Well Being faculty provides an integrated approach to supporting each student through impartial advice and guidance, monitoring behaviour and attendance, providing first aid and ensuring children with Special Educational Needs have the right support through classroom and withdrawal support.

Students’ special educational needs are supported by teaching assistants and specialist tutors who oversee a range of programmes including reading, numeracy, dyslexic support and social skills.

Progress is measured every second term and reported to parents and carers through specialist reports.

Pupil Premium funding is used to support 1-1 tuition funding for eligible students in either Maths or English.  Students receive intensive support over one term to maximise the impact of this tuition.

The Faculty provides a number of clubs aimed at developing social skills, personal development and academic development.  The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, Anger Management groups and handwriting club are just a sample of the opportunities available to students.

The Student Support and Well Being learning environment is able to offer a retreat to students who would benefit from a quiet moment during the day.  Opportunities for religious observance can also be provided.

We draw upon a range of external agencies that provide specialist support for those students who require it to progress in a mainstream school.

SEND policy annual review

Our SEND code of practice incorporates the new requirements that became effective from 1st April 2015.  To provide an improved, compliant policy we were committed to co-producing our policy with families, children and young people.

The Strood Academy SENCO is Mrs G Cox, to contact her please email gail.cox@stroodacademy.org

Parent Support 

Emotion Coaching for Parents

Emotional coaching has been championed in primary and early years, but it can also be the key to creating more emotionally intelligent secondary students who are happier, healthier and even perform better academically.

The diagram below guides you through emotion coaching techniques that can be used within families to build better behaviour, create stronger bonds between parent and child and develop emotionally mature young people.

1.) Normalise your emotions

Pay attention to your own feelings, recognise when you are feeling unhappy or when you are feeling great about yourself. Think about how you behave when you feel like this. Now look for the same kind of behaviour from your child and try to identify their mood. Look for specific facial expressions, posture and tone of voice.

2.) Listen to your child

Respect your child’s emotions, try not to be dismissive or controlling of their behaviour. Use moments of intense emotion as an opportunity to learn. Encourage them to talk about their emotions, and share some of your feelings too. Try to intervene and talk before they misbehave, speaking can offer them another outlet for their emotions.

3.) Identify feelings

When speaking with them, name your own emotions and encourage them to do the same. This breaks down the barrier that many children have between their external and internal selves. Naming their emotions helps to sooth them, and building a broader emotional vocabulary will make it easier to discuss these feelings in the future.

4.) Solve problems

If your child misbehaves, and you feel they need to be disciplined – be clear that their actions, not their emotions, are being punished. Talk them through other possible ways to release this emotional energy. Encourage other activities for emotional outlet, like creating art, or doing sports and make a point of rewarding good behaviour you see.

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