Pupils' Well Being
The Pastoral Administrator and trained first aiders are in school to assess which steps should be taken should an accident occur or when a pupil is unwell. Medication is not administered but first aid treatment may be given for cuts, abrasions and suspected broken limbs. If necessary, doctors or hospitals will be contacted and where possible, parents telephoned, though it may be necessary to carry out emergency measures before this is possible.
During lunchtime once a fortnight a qualified nurse comes into school to run a ‘drop-in' session. She is available to discuss any problems a pupil may have, e.g. homework, eating disorders, health, relationships/bullying, etc.
Child Protection law
The school has a legal responsibility under the Child Protection Law to contact Social Services or the Police if staff consider a pupil is in danger through abuse or neglect. It may be that under these circumstances parents would not be contacted in advance.
The school has two school counsellors who see a number of pupils each week. Usually clients meet the counsellor once a week following a mutual agreement between parents, client and the school. There is also a facility for pupils to refer themselves to the counsellor, in which case parents would not necessarily be informed. There is often a waiting list for these services. The counsellors are well qualified and have been part of Tring School for a number of years.
Special Educational Needs
Pupils with Special Educational Needs are also well catered for at Tring School. The staff from the Learning Support Centre attend selected lessons to help those pupils with learning difficulties and also co-ordinate the writing of Individual Education Plans.
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Tring School Pupil Hydration
Tring School has ordered two new water coolers from MIW Office Solutions Ltd. The school installed the two new drinking fountains to help promote hydration in the classroom.
The school is keen to promote the health benefits of providing pupils with drinking water, stating, "School children who have regular free access to drinking water have better concentration levels and perform better in the classroom."
Medical experts advise that school age children should consume about 2 litres of water every day at regular intervals, this amount is increased during hot weather. With pupils spending most of their waking time at school it is vital that they are provided free and easily accessible drinking water by the school.
Medical experts believe that failing to keep the body hydrated can cause problems such as constipation, continence problems, urinary tract infections and kidney stones. It is also a well established medical fact that good hydration levels can reduce the risk of developing cancer in later life.
Hydration plays a critical role in the classroom due to the effects of dehydration on concentration and the brain. It is a well established medical fact that dehydrated pupils will have lower levels of mental agility and alertness and find concentrating in class more difficult.
There is no government regulation outlining drinking water requirements in schools and that coupled with the inherent issue of vandalism has historically meant school boards have resisted offering easily accessible water coolers in the playground.
MIW's cutting edge range of water coolers for schools are designed to be installed in public areas and are built to be virtually tamper proof reducing the risk of vandalism.
At Tring School the water coolers are proving very popular with staff and pupils. “We love our new water coolers they are a great addition to the school and the health benefits to our pupils are there for all to see" said headteacher, Mrs S Collings.