Julie Farmer on how to meet the needs of the most vulnerable pupils – PP116

Mike Armiger
Mike Armiger
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

Paul is busy in Wales this week so, in his absence, Pivotal Education Senior Trainer, Mike Armiger, joined Kevin to speak to someone he knows well, Julie Farmer.

Before speaking to Julie, Mike describes what he has been doing with the Caerphilly Behaviour Project. Pivotal have been going into all the schools in Caerphilly – Pupil Referral Units, Primary, Secondary, Behavioural Units and SEN Schools. Mike has been involved with this training and also the Pivotal Instructors Programme for these schools and other settings. Mike has really enjoyed being involved with ‘Whoosh’ days and is hugely impressed with all the organisations who have been involved. He stresses that all adults are included in the Whoosh days which is what makes such a powerful difference. Midday supervisors, administration staff, teaching assistants, teachers, senior staff and everyone else involved with the running of the school is present and takes part. This helps to narrow down the consistency and then they can move on to other aspects such as therapeutic intervention and restorative practice.

Cefn Fforest Primary School
Cefn Fforest Primary School

Julie is headteacher at Cefn Fforest Primary School in Wales. She became a deputy head in 2001 in a school in Caerphilly and took up her first headship in 2007 at a school which had a BESD (behavioural, emotional and social difficulties) unit. She has been at Cefn Primary School since 2009 and her school hosts a social needs class and a social inclusion class for Key Stage 2 children.

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