Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust


Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust


Student Voice

Student voice is a key cog in the decision making process in every NET academy. Each academy has a Junior Leadership team that runs a very active academy council with nominated Junior Leaders and Class Secretaries who represent each class. School council meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss current issues effecting academy; the Junior Leadership team vote on any action that needs to be taken. Students learn how a democratic system works from an early age and they develop skills in public speaking, decision making and listening to one another’s ideas. Students are empowered by the process and are valued as key stakeholders in every NET academy.

Praise Culture

All Northern Education Trust academies have an incredibly strong praise culture that is evident as soon as you walk through the door with ‘applause moments’ to be heard, displays dedicated to praise and the way teachers and students interact with one another.

Other rewards include:

  • Positive affirmation of effort and achievement in a ‘STEPs to Success’ report shared with parents at various intervals during the year
  • Staff verbally congratulating/ praising children
  • Extra privileges
  • Being given positions of responsibility such as head boy/girl, leading on the school council or being an ambassador for the academy.
  • Postcards home from the staff to recognise outstanding effort and/or application
  • Applause moments – children are encouraged to applaud any noteworthy response from their peers in all lessons
  • Collaborative learning and praise – teaching structures used on a daily basis encourage children working together collaboratively and their subsequent praise for each other for their contributions.

Praise is also the bedrock of our ‘Expectations for Learning Policy’, which encourages children to make positive choices through praise and rewards.

Academy approaches

Mental health problems in children and young people are an important public health problem. Many mental health problems usually start early in person’s life. Half of all mental health illnesses manifest their first symptoms before the age of 14 and around three quarters by the age of 25. Therefore the wellbeing of people in these years is of vital importance.

Staff at Dyke House have received the relevant training to support wellbeing. We have a nominated member of staff, safeguarding and wellbeing officer that supports and promotes wellbeing at Dyke House. We work alongside the local authority to ensure the appropriate strategies and services are in place to support the young person.

At Dyke House we have the support of Alliance that carry out bespoke wellbeing support. This can be further referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Referrals into CAMHS have been increasing year on year, both in the number of referrals and in the number of individuals referred.

Local Contacts

Big White Wall – www.bigwhitewall.com
Calm Harm – www.calmharm.co.uk
Catch It App – iOS app / Android app
Chill Panda App – iOS app / Android app
IESO: Online Therapy – www.iesohealth.com
Mee Two App – www.meetoo.help
Mental Health Support: Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk
Kooth – www.kooth.com
Mind – www.mind.org.uk
Minds for Men – 07935152839 / The Annexe, Wharton Terrace
ThinkWise Psychological Wellbeing – 07877111679


Northern Education Trust takes safeguarding very seriously. Our academies ensure that safeguarding is a key priority in all aspects of academy life, and that safeguarding is a key part of our curriculum content. We see safeguarding as being the responsibility of all members of our academy communities.


Please see below a copy of the latest ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) guidance from the Department for Education.


‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is also available in other languages here: https://national.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsietranslate
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Dyke House Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.