The British International School of Tunis has a responsibility for the care, welfare, safety and the learning environment of all our pupils.
The school’s ethos, as outlined in the Mission Statement, provides the basis for this policy. The promotion of our agreed values and beliefs means a child-centred approach to the education and welfare of our pupils.
Teachers, non-teaching staff, welfare staff and other adults all are part of a team. This team wants to ensure pupils are happy and secure in whatever activity they are taking part in, whether social, emotional or physical. We have a caring commitment to guide and advise our pupils, equipping them with the skills needed to face the outside world. Teachers and non-teaching staff are encouraged to approach the care of our children in a positive way.
Through our pastoral care policy we aim:
- To create and maintain an atmosphere where pupils feel they are well known, safe, valued, respected and happy
- To promote the aims of our school
- To implement our code and practice for behaviour which considers the views of all staff
- To maintain the highest standards of teaching and learning
- To respond in a sympathetic way to the concerns, fears and worries of our pupil
- To build an atmosphere of trust
- To make children aware of potential dangers through the teaching of Health Education and other subjects such as Road and Water safety, Care in the Sun
The ethos of the school will be reflected in the moral, intellectual, personal and social development of our pupils. This is achieved by the Principal, Senior Management Team and Staff promoting and facilitating an atmosphere of care and respect within the formal and informal life of the school community.
A good relationship between pupils and staff is paramount to generating a positive climate within the school community where every individual feels valued and cared for at all times. Good relationships will be nurtured between:
- Staff and pupils
- Pupils and their peers
- Members of staff
- Senior Management Team and Staff
- School and surrounding community
Children will also be encouraged to develop and value a respect for themselves.
The teacher should share the school's ethos with the children. Life skills are central to the values of the school.
- Self Esteem
We believe that self-esteem and respect are central to the development of the whole child and promote learning.
- Personal Safety
We will encourage children to be responsible for their own personal safety and help them to acquire skills so that they will be able to make informed decisions and know where to get help if or when they are confronted with danger. The whole school community will be aware of the Safeguarding Officers who will be responsible for dealing with cases of child protection issues which come to light. They will also be aware of staff members who are responsible for First Aid.
- Roles and Responsibilities
The Senior Management team will ensure that pastoral care is given a high profile in the school development plan. The Principal will monitor and evaluate the implementation of the pastoral care policy. They will work with all staff and ensure training resources are kept up to date. They will make sure that the non teaching staff are familiar with the pastoral care policy and give help when needed. Each member of staff will work to build up pupils' self-esteem and encourage them to be assertive and to resist negative peer pressure. They will help them to celebrate success and develop the ability to make moral decisions and to know the difference between right and wrong.
- Monitoring and Evaluation
Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they have any concerns and worries. Urgent concerns will be given priority. We will encourage parents to share concerns about home circumstances or medical matters which may affect their child’s work or behaviour in school. Any information disclosed will be treated as confidential. Staff will meet regularly to discuss and review the pastoral care policy. The opinions of parents and children will be valued and, where appropriate, action will be taken.
Training of both teaching and non-teaching staff will be led by the Senior Leadership Team.
- Range of Pastoral Activities
Children will be supervised from 8.00 a.m. Full supervision also continues during all extra curricular activities. No child may remain in the classrooms, administrative areas, bathroom/toilet areas or other areas of the building during playtimes or lunch times without adult supervision. Children may not enter the building at break times or lunch times without the permission of the teachers.
At all levels of the caring process staff and pupils need to feel valued, safe and secure.