Bearing this in mind, we aim to offer the child individual attention and the time to talk about their issues in a relaxed and completely supportive, empathic and non-judgemental environment.
Firstly, The Base doesn’t look like a traditional classroom.
We have a soft seating area where we can talk one-to-one with pupils about what may be troubling them. Given time to simply sit quietly for a while with a soft cushion to squeeze, or a fleecy throw to cuddle up in is often enough and the child is happy to return to class.
When this is not the case we find the setting, décor and quiet unhurried atmosphere helps the child relax enough to discuss their worries with an adult.
There is always an adult in The Base – from 8.30am to 3.30pm – so there is always someone to talk to.
We do of course have a system:
If a member of staff feels a pupil needs ‘time out’ they can send the child to The Base. The adult completes a referral slip briefly explaining the reason why.
Alternatively the child may ask for ‘time out’ if they feel unable to stay in the classroom for any reason. Again, the teacher will send the referral slip with the child.
We aim to ensure that children are always accompanied to The Base by either an adult or a trusted classmate. By making sure the child is always with someone, we hope to help the child feel they are never alone.