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The Southfield Formula

The Southfield Formula

The Southfield Formula is central to the school’s ethos and the way we work.  Specifically we believe relationships + knowing the student(s) + expertise + presence = success today. 


People who like children

People who respect disability

People who give more than they take

People who persevere to find a connection

Knowing the student:

Listening to students

Reading the assessments & plans

Developing a ‘theory’ for each child

Reflecting on and reviewing that idea

Taking responsibility for each student’s uniqueness


Developing as a skilled professional

Knowing routes to information

Referring to colleagues/agencies

Researching solutions/best practice

Collaborating in a ‘team around the child’


Firing on all four cylinders

Engaging with students

Catching them ‘being good’

Offering support to colleagues

Turning up for work whenever you can

Success (today):

Students who feel safe

Students who are happy

Students who co-operate

Students who communicate

Students who engage in learning

Students who show care for others

Students who have pride in their school