Resources for Parents/ Carers
Below is a directory of resources for your information.
If you are a parent/carer of a child at Total Tuition Alternative Provision or Rosewood Independent School, please contact us if you have any concerns about the following.
We can support you with signposting or referrals to support agencies.
Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber- bullying via text messages or the internet), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences.
We believe it is the right of all members of our community to learn, work and play in a safe and secure environment. We promote an understanding of one another through the Curriculum and teach and model the attitudes, values and respect that we expect members of our community to show one another.
We make a clear anti-bullying statement that states:
We believe that bullying of any form is unacceptable and damaging to individuals. We therefore do all we can to prevent it within our School and, if it occurs, deal consistently, fairly and effectively with all parties involved to prevent repetition. We show support to individuals and record the action taken and the names of those involved.
Female Genital Mutilation
FGM is when a female’s genitals are deliberately altered or removed for non-medical reasons. It’s also known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cutting’,
FGM is a form of child abuse. It’s dangerous and a criminal offence in the UK. We know:
- there are no medical reasons to carry out FGM
- it’s often performed by someone with no medical training, using instruments such as knives, scalpels, scissors, glass or razor blades
- children are rarely given anaesthetic or antiseptic treatment and are often forcibly restrained
- it’s used to control female sexuality and can cause long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.
FGM can happen at different times in a girl or woman’s life, including:
- when a baby is new-born
- during childhood or as a teenager
- just before marriage
- during pregnancy.
Parents and carers have a responsibility for ensuring that their child receives appropriate guidance, which should include educating them about the dangers of weapons. As well as stressing to young people that they should never carry a weapon, Rosewood staff should urge parents to encourage their children to share information when they know someone else is carrying a weapon.
As part of the expectations of good behaviour issued, parents should receive information from their child’s school, setting out the expectations of the school with regard to weapons/knives. It is the parent’s responsibility to sign to acknowledge receipt and return it to school. It is important to emphasise that the success of the anti-weapon/knife strategy lies heavily on all adults modeling and presenting the appropriate messages and behaviours.
Rosewood staff should provide appropriate learning resources and opportunities to support pupils to develop an awareness of the consequences of weapon use and possession, as well as resilience and confidence building regarding the reporting of weapon possession. This should be facilitated through a variety of strategies including PSHE and other mechanisms. Programmes should also include information around what constitutes a weapon and how many everyday objects can become weapons.
E-Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. Total Tuition Alternative Provision / Rosewood Independent School makes full use of these technologies to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the centre’s management information and administration systems. We believe access to the Internet is an entitlement for pupils who show a responsible and mature approach to its use and that the centre has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access. The centre also recognises that pupils will use these technologies outside of the centre and need to learn how to take care of their own safety and security. Total Tuition Alternative Provision / Rosewood Independent School fully recognises its responsibilities for e-safety, including a responsibility to educate our pupils about the benefits and risks of using new technology and the provision of safeguards and information for all users to enable them to control their online experiences.
The centre/school will deal with such incidents within this Policy and associated Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents of incidents of inappropriate e-safety behaviour that take place out of the centre.
Our ethos as a school is to empower our students with the knowledge, confidence and resilience to be their authentic selves, enabling them to realise and achieve their full potential as members of an ever-changing society.
Our school and staff provide a safe, secure and supportive environment wherein students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom to be the unique individuals they are.
Our staff and students are ambassadors for equality and diversity, celebrating difference and challenging any form of prejudice or bullying towards LGBTQ+ people. We recognise and promote the value of an inclusive and diverse culture which provides the opportunity for
growth and positive change.
Our curriculum reflects the full diversity of the world we live in, including teaching about LGBTQ+ people, relationships and families. Every subject we offer has the capacity and opportunity to include different examples of identity, families and relationships which reflect our diverse society.
Our staff are ambassadors for LGBTQ+ people and can recognise and implement
opportunities for discussion, exploration and development in celebrating difference and challenging discrimination.
“County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons”
NCC Parent and Carer Leaflet
The national Prevent Strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Total Tuition Alternative Provision / Rosewood Independent School, working with other local partners, families and communities, seeks to play a key role in ensuring that the children and young people who attend the School are safe from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is part of the School’s wider responsibility for Safeguarding and this policy is therefore linked to the Safeguarding Children Policy.
The Prevent Strategy identifies that young people are more likely to be vulnerable to violent extremist or terrorist narratives, including non-violent extremism which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit. The Government’s Prevent Strategy defines extremism as ‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs’.
We believe that Total Tuition Alternative Provision / Rosewood Independent School should be a safe place where children and young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of the terrorist ideology, and learn how to challenge such ideas.
Race can mean a person’s colour, nationality, ethnicity or citizenship. It’s a protected characteristic in law under the Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales, and the Race Relations Order 1997 in Northern Ireland. This means it’s illegal to discriminate against someone, or treat them differently, because of their race. It’s important to remember that someone’s ethnicity or national origin may not be the same as their current nationality. For example, someone may have Indian national origins and be living in Britain with a British passport.
Race also includes different ethnic and racial groups. This means a group of people who all share the same protected characteristic of ethnicity or race. General examples of racial groups include White British, Black British, British Asians, British Sikhs, British Jews, Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
Racial discrimination or racism is when someone is treated differently because of their race, ethnicity, nationality or colour. Any type of racism or racial discrimination is abusive and distressing for children and young people who experience or witness it. If someone commits a crime against you because of your race it is considered a hate crime and is against the law. Instances of bullying that are racially motivated but not a crime are considered racist incidents.
We do not accept any forms of racism or racist behaviour in our setting. Should a racist incident occur, we act immediately to prevent any repetition, record the action taken, and the names of those involved and follow the specific requirements for reporting racial incidents in line with Local Authority practice. Should anyone at our setting be a victim of racism, we will do all we can to support that person and help them overcome any difficulties they may have. We actively endeavour to make our setting welcoming to all ethnic minority groups and promote understanding.
Peer on Peer Abuse
Safeguarding issues can manifest themselves as peer on peer abuse. This is most likely to include, but not limited to: bullying (including cyber bullying), physical abuse, sexual violence, gender based violence, initiation- type violence and rituals and sexting. Abuse is abuse and should never be tolerated or passed off as ‘banter’ or part of growing up.
At our school we believe that all children have the right to attend school and learn in a safe environment. Children should be free from harm from adults and other children. We recognise that some students will negatively affect the learning and wellbeing of others and their behaviour will be dealt with under the school’s behaviour policy.