Early Help Offer





Early Help is a strategic priority of the Leicester Education Strategic Partnership. This guide has been created as part of the work of the Leicester Education Strategic Partnership Operation Group (LESPOG) to:

‘…manage a planned range of improvement and development activities in conjunction with education partners to ensure that significant progress is being achieved to meet the LESP’s strategic priorities and objectives.’


LESPOG established an Early Help Task and Finish Group comprising partners from Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and the Local Authority to identify how to support schools to understand and engage with the Early Help agenda. It was agreed that a set of ‘Early Help commitments’ be created to set out the activities required by schools to ensure they are up-to-date and engaged with the early help agenda.


This document, compiled by a local Schools SEND Hub, details a set of Early Help Commitments which will enable local schools to ensure that:

·         Pupils, parent/carers and staff are clear on the Early Help support available through the school

·         Partners, working to support families alongside schools have clarity regarding the early help offer of schools; supporting effective multi-agency working

·         They are up-to-date with and part of local and national approaches to the delivery of early help support for more vulnerable families

·         They have evidence of their commitment to the personal development and wellbeing strand of the Ofsted Framework

The ultimate goal is to ensure all children, young people and families receive the right support, at the right time reducing the need for referral to statutory services.

What is Early Help?

Early Help’ means providing help for children, young people and families as soon as problems start to emerge or where it is likely that issues will impact negatively on children’s outcomes.

Early help…

·         Is for children of all ages and not just the very young,

·         Can be very effective in supporting a child, young person and/or their family to step down from statutory services as well as preventing the escalation of issues.

·         Is important because there is clear evidence that it results in better outcomes for children.

LCC recognise that Early help is a term that describes much of the everyday work of schools.  

Early Help in Leicester

The vision of all partner organisations working with children and families in Leicester is to improve children’s lives by working in partnership to raise aspirations, build achievement and protect the most vulnerable.

This is based on the belief that:

·         Children, young people and families develop resilience if there are protective factors in place such as: a positive relationship with an adult; good literacy and communication skills; good school attendance; and, parents in or actively seeking/ready for work

·         Children’s needs are best met when help is offered in a universal setting within a socially mixed group and early on when problems start to emerge

·         Children and young people’s needs are best met when addressed in the context of the whole family, meaning that parents/carers/siblings’ needs are addressed with consent as part of a holistic and integrated Early Help response

Early help services should support and strengthen families so that they can thrive.

The Role of Schools

Day to Day Support

Most families, most of the time, can get on with their lives quite happily with little or no outside help. If they need help it is usually provided by universal services, such as schools.

Focused Pastoral Support

All families can have times, however, when difficulties arise and they either may not recognise it or may not know how to start putting things right. Schools play a role in supporting families to address these difficulties through more focused pastoral support, which might include bringing in support via an external agency.


Early Help Assessment

For those children and families whose needs and circumstances make them more vulnerable, or where schools need the support of other agencies to meet the needs of the family, a co-ordinated multi-agency approach is usually best. In Leicester this is achieved through undertaking an Early Help Assessment and assigning a Lead Practitioner to work closely with the family to ensure they receive the support they require.  Schools should be a key partner in any multi-agency work to support families


Early Help at Mellor Community Primary School

Detailed below are the services we offer to support parents, children and families



Our Offer

·         Highly commended attendance certificates

·         Attendance data monitored by assigned staff

·         Letter home at 96% attendance

·         EWO (Educational Welfare Officers) who attend relevant meetings

·         Safeguarding and Welfare Lead

·         First day calling

·         Meet and greets with key adult

·         Monitoring of leave of absence requests

·         Personal attendance plans

·         Reward systems for good attendance e.g. Class cup, attendance medals

·         School nurse (where there’s a medical condition)

·         Wrap around care Early Bird and after school clubs

·         Weekly attendance data published on school website

Measurable Outcomes

·         Overall and individual pupil attendance improves

·         Improvement in PA (Persistent Absence) data

·         Reduction in number and/or duration of leave of absence requests



Our Offer

·         Extra visits/induction for vulnerable children

·         EYST (Early Years Support Team)

·         Health visitors / school nurse

·         Welcome meetings for parents

·         SENCo/Safeguarding transition visits to secondary schools

·         Pupil passports

·         Prompt parents to apply for secondary school places before deadline

·         Support online application for parents

·         Y6 Transition programme

·         Social Stories to support transition

·         Visits for prospective families

·         Work with external agencies as required

Measurable Outcomes

·         Children make smooth transitions to destination schools

·         Destination schools receive relevant information



Our Offer

·         Signposting to charity links such as Barnados and bereavement counselling/groups

·         Access to Nurture provision including Drawing and Talking Therapy, Lego Therapy, check ins and Positive People

·         Referrals to and support from external agencies e.g. Educational Psychologist, EYST, SEMH etc

·         Referrals Emotions in motions

·         Lunchtime Supervision groups

·         School Nurse support

·         Staff training in dyslexia, ADHD, ASD and Team Teach

·         Daily use of Wellbeing charts

·         Positive behaviour plans

·         Positive handling plans

·         Promotion of Growth Mindset and Learning Power certificates

Measurable Outcomes

·         Increased confidence of children to report concerns

·         Reduction in number of high / low level behaviour incidents

·         Increase in pupils self-help skills, confidence and self-esteem

·         Reduction in fixed term exclusions

·         Improvement in  Boxall Profile/Goodmans/SDQ scores


Staying Safe

Our Offer

·         ‘Bikeability’

·         Relevant policies and procedures eg Data Protection/Safeguarding

·         Signposting to Advice point and Early help response

·         Anti-bullying champion and award

·         Assemblies/Workshops including those run by external providers e.g. Police/Fire/NSPCC et

·         Individual Health Care plans

·         Referrals to DAS (Duty And advice Service) as appropriate

·         E-safety

·         Digital Leaders

·         Mellor Monitors

·         Link Police Community Support Officer

·         Parent workshops

·         Chairing of PEP meetings

·         Attendance at LAC meetings

·         School nurse/parent drop ins

·         Tracking of child concerns and actions via CPOMS

·         Whole school safeguarding training including Prevent

·         Monthly Safeguarding Newsletters

·         Home School Agreement/AUP

·         Health and Safety Audit

Measurable Outcomes

·         Anti-bullying award achieved leading to a greater awareness of bullying within the community and a zero tolerance approach to bullying incidents

·         Increased engagement of families with Social Services/Family Support Workers/Early Help

·         All parents have signed and are adhering to the HAS/AUP

·         An increasing percentage of parental engagement

·         An up-to-date rolling programme of CPD (Continued Professional Development) in relation to Safeguarding / Training for all staff (2 years – DSP and annually – all staff)

·         Health and Safety Audit remains outstanding

Supporting Families

Our Offer

·         Signposting to Bereavement counselling

·         Curriculum Workshops

·         Class Parent Representatives

·         Communication via Group Call

·         Family Learning Coordinator

·         Regular programme of Family Learning Courses

·         Daily SLT drop ins

·         Parents evenings

·         Nurture support

·         SENCo

·         Signposting to SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice Support Service)

·         Signposting to external agencies and training

·         Wrap around care – Early Bird and After School Clubs

·         Regular Newsletters

Measurable Outcomes

·         Increase in pupil outcomes

·         An increasing percentage of parental engagement e.g. attendance at Curriculum Workshops, parents evenings etc

·         Increased participation in Family Learning opportunities


The local community

Our Offer

·         Community events/Performances

·         Governors

·         Community Links such as Fire, PCSO and businesses

·         School Lettings

·         Supporting charities/Fundraising

·         Regular Newsletters

Measurable Outcomes

·         Increased access to and engagement with community services e.g. PCSO

·         Increased access to community information


The Curriculum

Our Offer

·         Inclusive Provision

·         Interventions

·         Nurture Provision

·         Assemblies

·         Y6 Easter Booster School/Small Group Tuition

·         PE and School Sport Inter-school events/festivals

·         Subsidised school trips / visits

·         Curriculum enrichment opportunities

·         Arts Award opportunities

·         PHSE

·         Outdoor Learning opportunities

·         Arts Centre provision

·         Library visits

·         Enhanced swimming provision throughout KS2

Measurable Outcomes

·         % of children attending an after school club

·         Increase in pupil outcomes

·         Increased access to broad and enriched curriculum

·         % of pupils achieving Arts Award


Signed and agreed by




Nik Foster

Head Teacher






Bhavesh Chouhan

Safeguarding Governor





Lisa Cooke






Kelly Stone

Safeguarding and Welfare Lead



May 2018



Date Completed



September 2018



Review Date