Temple Learning Academy children are encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by Staff, Governors and Volunteers.
Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at TLA:
are good role models for children
enjoy their work and working with children
are conscientious and hard-working
recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
work within agreed policies of the school
promote a happy, caring and safe school
encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
challenge and support children in their learning
There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:
This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. We work with other services for children and families to support the needs of our children. In school the Designated Officers for Child Protection are Miss Helen Mc Gloughlin and Mr Matthew Browne.
There is also a named governor for child protection, Mr Tim Kitching. The child protection policy can be viewed in our School Policy section or a hard copy is available from the school office on request.
Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up. It is crucial that children attend school every day and TLA has a strict policy on unauthorised absence and requests for extended holiday.
High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. TLA children are often reminded about school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.
We have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to all forms of bullying.
Health and safety
Everyone at Temple Learning Academy knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have several first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.
Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed events and many visitors to school eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness. In an age appropriate way we will also address the issues in our immediate community including anti-social behaviour, substance abuse and domestic violence.
Local support and advice on these issues can be found by clicking n each link below.
We work jointly West Yorkshire Police to support children who are resident in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. In confidence, we are made aware of any incidents and can make appropriate and discreet provision to cater for the possible difficulties children or their families may experience. If you would like further support or information about domestic violence and abuse please go to www.leedsdomesticviolenceandabuse.co.uk or speak to a member of the academy leadership team.
All of our staff and children are aware of the best practice around e-safety and we regularly draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. We encourage parents to also ensure this is practiced within the home. Click here to see how you can support our E-Safety message at home.
Acceptable use of ICT
At Temple Learning Academy we have a focus on technology as we believe it helps prepare children for their future world. We use technology throughout the curriculum in order to provide children with addition opportunities which enhance their learning.
Safer recruitment and selection
This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DSB check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post. At all staff appointments at least one of the appointment panel is Safer Recruitment Trained.
If parents have any complaints, the Principal will listen to the concerns and will follow up any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children – no problem is too small. There is a clear procedure in place and senior leaders will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues. If you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you our complaints procedure is outlined in our School Policy section for parents to take the matter further.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you see, hear or know something which gives you concern please speak to someone in school.