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A blog from our Inclusion Link Governor - 4th December 2020

Date: 4th Dec 2020 @ 11:32am

I’m writing this whilst we are approaching the end of the second national lockdown and thought this was as good a time as any to share some thoughts from my recent inclusion visit, about how the school are supporting all of us during these really difficult times.  You may or may not know that each non-staff Governor is a ‘Link Governor’ to an area of school life.  A link Governor meets termly with a member of staff that has a direct input with that area, to explore the school’s objectives in that part of school life.  The link Governor will also provide a ‘voice’ for that area during Governor meetings. I am proud to be the Inclusion Governor, which covers multiple areas from safeguarding, to SEND to mental health (and a few more in between).  I recently met virtually with Mrs Broadbent, who is our inclusion lead, to catch up about the support in place for children/parents from the first lockdown to the return to school (and the plans for the future).  There was a significant amount for us to cover in that meeting, which highlighted to me just how much the school had not only done, but planned to do for our children and families.  Certainly as a parent, I hadn’t known of staff visiting children for social distant catch-up’s over the first lockdown to help to support them, as well as all the plans in place to assess children’s well-being on their return to school.  Where any school’s focus will undoubtedly be on teaching and learning due to all the missed school time our children have had, I was thrilled to see how much time and effort from not just the inclusion team but the staff team as a whole, is going into supporting children’s well-being, which is ultimately key to not only their development but to their education too.  I was delighted to hear how embedded well-being was within our school.  Words like emotional regulation and hand-brain, where not just fancy words on a tick list, but actually part of regular conversations, and informed the way in which the team thought about understanding and supporting the children.  From a Governor perspective, I felt assured and proud of all the support that has been in place, whilst excited to see all the plans unfold over the next few months.  I would like to finalise this short blog by thanking all the staff for going above and beyond teaching and learning, to help support our children and families, by having well-being and psychological understanding, at the forefront of their work.  I am absolutely confident that this is having a fundamental impact across our school community.

Take care

Tanya Wallwork

Inclusion Governor          

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