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Pastoral Support

Pastoral Information

Northgate is an inclusive school which offers a range of support and provisions for children with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND), as well as pupils needing additional nurture and pastoral care. We have a sensory room and a full time Pastoral Lead. In addition, the school has a programme of Circle Time, Wellbeing and PSHE lessons which allow children to share ideas and talk through any difficulties that may arise.

Please see below for further information about how you can support your children at home which offers a range of support and provisions for children.

Looking after ourselves

Looking after your own mental health is just as important as looking after your child's mental health.  There are many things that will be causing an increase in our stress and anxiety levels.

The Every Mind Matters website provides expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

Advice for Parents / Carers During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Healthy Minds in Herts

DSPL3 – multiple links updated regularly (East Herts)

Wellbeing Workshop

The SENDCo ran a wellbeing workshop for parents on 15 January 2020.  If you were unable to attend the event and would like to receive a copy of the presentation, please contact the school office.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Please see some information below in how to help your children feel good and improve their mental health and wellbeing:

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

You’re never too young to talk mental health – Anna Freud leaflet

Wellbeing Support for parents/carers - poster

Healthy Young Minds in Herts what to do when you’re worried etc.

Parent/carer tip No. 1 – Five ways to wellbeing

Parent/carer tip No. 2 – omitted as this is only relevant for young adults ages 16+

Parent/carer tip No. 3 – How to stay emotionally healthy

Parent/carer tip No. 4 – Exam stress

Parent/carer tip No. 5 - Listening to your child

Parent/carer tip No. 6 - Sleep

Parent/carer tip No. 7 – Autism and anxiety

NHS PowerPoint - How to support your child's transition back to school after lockdown

Partnership for Children - Activities to help your child deal with their feelings and reactions to the Covid-19 situation

MindEd for Families - Should I be concerned or worried?

Place2Be - Wellbeing activities for families

Mindfulness for Children

There are lots of different resources available to support children with mindfulness.  These a just a small selection to get you started: 

Peace Out - guided relaxation for younger children (YouTube)

Cosmic Kids – guided relaxation combining yoga and mindfulness (YouTube)

Headspace for Kids

School Health

You can refer your child to the School Nursing service for a range of different health issues.  Please see the referral guidance and criteria below for further details:

General School Nursing Information

Referral guidance and criteria for parents/carers

Health for Kids website – child friendly information, activities and games


You are able to make a self-referral to ASPECTS who are a team of family support workers (based in Bishop’s Stortford) who can help with a wide range of family challenges, including: positive attitudes to school learning; attendance, risk of exclusion, behaviour at home and in school, transition, family relationships, physical and mental health including emotional wellbeing and bereavement.

ASPECTS website

Hertfordshire Family Centre Service (for children under 5)

You are able to access a range of support through the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service which includes:

  • One-to-one family support in your home or Family Centre focused on a specific part of family life you would like help with (for example, positive behaviour strategies, My Baby's Brain and parental emotional wellbeing)
  • Parenting courses or other Family Centre sessions that might be right for you
  • Support around developing Healthy Relationships
  • Support when you are pregnant
  • Support your own well-being and confidence
  • Suggest fun activities for your family to enjoy at home which will support your child's learning and development
  • Signposting to wider services such as financial worries, debt management and Citizens Advice Burearu

Counselling – Age 10 +

Kooth is funded to provide free online counselling to 10 to 25 year olds with a GP in Hertfordshire. Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. Users can also talk to other young people anonymously on the moderated forums whenever they like and keep an online journal.

Kooth online counselling

Pupil voice
Q. How does being in the sensory space make you feel?
    " It makes me feel better and calm"
     "I can have time out and talk to Mrs Reed (Pastoral support worker) and then I feel better again"
     "'The sensory space is awesome!"

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