The Pupil Development Centre (PDC) supports the emotional well-being of all our children, from Reception Class through to Year 6.
We all know that children learn best when they feel happy, safe and secure. These days there are many different pressures on children that can sometimes result in them feeling anxious, worried or unhappy.
The PDC offers a safe place for children to learn about understanding feelings, and working and playing together. We do this in individual or small group sessions using play, talking, creative activities and music. We will also support parents and carers in helping children to feel happier in school.
Crampton School PDC staff member is Jane Henderson, who is trained in providing emotional support for children. The Pupil Development Centre is part of the school’s regular Inclusion and PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education).
Aims of the Pupil Development Centre
Who can go to the PDC?
It is envisaged that during their time at Crampton School most children will benefit from using the PDC at one time or another. This could be during open sessions at playtime and lunchtime; or it could be on a weekly basis to address more specific issues. Children are identified for PDC intervention through discussion with parents, teachers and support staff. Some of the issues that the PDC can help with are:
Do children miss important work when they come to the PDC?
The PDC is a place of learning, and often fun. Sessions do not normally take place during Literacy, Numeracy, PE or special activities in class.
What do children say about the PDC?
“It helps me feel better.”
“I feel safe here.”
“I come here to tell you what I want to tell you.”
“It helps me with playing and sharing.”
“I can get things clearer in my head.”
“If someone needs help they can come and tell you what’s going on.”
“When I’m angry you help me calm down.”
“When we’re talking I can be myself.”
“I love that room because I have fun in there and I feel safe.”