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River Tees Primary

Assessment, Monitoring, Targets

Teachers will be assessing children continuously from the time they start River Tees Primary. This takes the form of informal monitoring during lessons throughout the term and end of term assessments in the areas of behaviour and the curriculum covered.

Towards the end of every programme, parents/carers will receive a written progress report which they are able to discuss with staff at a formal parent/carers’ evening. Should staff or parents/carers feel that there are issues to be addressed outside the timetable of these meetings then arrangements are quickly made to bring the relevant parties together to solve any problems.

Each learner is set a number of targets in literacy, numeracy and behaviour each term according to individual performance. These are discussed and agreed between the child and their teachers. Progress towards achieving the targets set is closely monitored by the staff both during informal monitoring in lessons and by results of formal tests given. Learners are kept informed of their progress and targets may be revised where appropriate.

School Aims

We aim to provide a safe, stable, stimulating and caring environmentwhere everyone has the maximum opportunity to achieve his or her potential. Specifically, the Centre aims to:

  • provide a complementary education through a broad, balanced curriculum which is relevant to individual needs
  • foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and responsibility throughout our community
  • encourage a high standard of work and behaviour
  • set targets appropriate for individual needs and continuous improvement
  • encourage children to develop social, emotional, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical skills through a positive learning environment
  • encourage good communication and develop strong links between home, school and River Tees Primary
  • provide an environment where everyone is supported and cared for


We believe that every child has a right to feel safe, secure, happy and able to focus on their work while in River Tees Primary. This means that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that their behaviour does not infringe on the rights of the other children in River Tees Primary. We ask all parents/carers to support River Tees Primary in expecting a high standard of behaviour at all times. Children are rewarded for excellent behaviour with certificates, stickers and special rewards.

In assure that all children are safe, and able to learn in a caring environment, it is important that we all work together to ensure that there is no fighting, name calling, foul language, racism or bullying. In River Tees Primary we have firm policies to support this, and we always involve parents/carers when these rules are broken. The school Behaviour Policy Booklet is available for every child and parent/carer.

Rewards & Consequences

Earn stickers for:

  • following River Tees Primary rules
  • being polite
  • meeting your targets
  • completing your work

River Tees Primary Rules:

  • use appropriate language
  • keep your hands and feet to yourself
  • listen carefully to others
  • respect staff and pupils
  • respect other people’s property

River Tees Primary Consequences:

  • Reminder
  • 1st warning – name on board
  • 2nd warning – time out in chill room
  • 3rd warning – telephone call home
  • 4th warning – go home/ internal exclusion

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Children with specifically identified learning difficulties or other special needs can benefit from specialist support. Any specialist support is given in the classroom however, there can be occasions when individual or small group work is appropriate.

For some children the school may need to involve additional specialists, in a formal assessment of special educational needs and disabilities. When this happens, there is always prior consultation with parents/carers, who are involved in all assessment procedures. Parents.carers are always regularly consulted and kept informed of their child’s progress.

School Behaviour

School Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance is crucial to each child’s educational development, and at River Tees Primary we recognise our part in helping parents/carers to meet their legal obligations in this respect. We operate a ‘first day Call’ system at River Tees Primary. If your child can not attend because of ill-health, or for another reason parents/carers are requested to ring the academy on the first day of your child’s absence and send a note to the class teacher on their return giving an explanation of the absence. We must report individual instances of unexplained learner absence to the Education Welfare Officer. This is then classed as ‘unauthorised absence’. We are also obliged by law to monitor and report late attendance at school. During 2010/2011 average attendance was 92%.


If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s schooling, the first step is to speak to the teacher in charge. naturally, it is not always possible for the teacher to see a parent/carer immediately, but an early appointment will always be offered.

We hope to be able to resolve any complaints that parents/carers may have. In the first instance complaints should normally be made to the teacher in charge, and in most cases we find that complaints can be dealt with successfully at this informal level.

If the complaint cannot be resolved it may be necessary for it to be considered by the board of trustees.

We do, of course, hope that any complaints can be resolved by the parent discussing the matter with an appropriate member of staff. however, if you do require any detailed information on either complaints procedure, full details are available on request from the office.

Equal Opportunities

We firmly believe in equal opportunity for all. We try to provide the curriculum and policies to make this happen. We believe that positive steps must be taken to remedy the unequal situation that many of our children may find themselves in because of gender, race, disability or social disadvantage.

River Tees Primary will challenge any form of behaviour or comment from children or adults which clashes with our equal opportunities policy.

Child Protection

Parents/carers should be aware that we will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of our children. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Child Protection Procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.

Data Protection Act

The academy holds information on our children in order to support their teaching & learning, to monitor and report on their progress and to assess how well the school as a whole is doing. this information includes contact details, national Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. If you wish to have access to the personal data held about your child, please speak to the head teacher.