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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Learning Lounge

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The Learning Lounge forms an essential layer of our school Behaviour Policy as a support network for pupils, staff and parents and a central hub for the wider pastoral team. Above all, it is a safe place where pupils are nurtured, valued and supported holistically to self-regulate, make positive choices and also caters for the needs of individuals so that they may access and engage in learning. ​​


This safe space provides necessary time and space away from the classroom, where pupils and staff can take time to reflect, have their needs met and learn in an engaging, purposeful, happy environment. The Learning Lounge Leaders will then focus their attention on promoting restorative conversations and positive mindsets thus switching the attention back to learning.


Whilst the Learning Lounge Leaders will respond to the emerging needs of our pupils, they will also dedicate time to proactive interventions and to work alongside children in their classrooms.

In short, The Learning Lounge supports the school rules of Ready, Respectful, Safe in the following ways:​

  • It is committed to ensuring that every child leaves with a positive mindset, demonstrating that they are ready to learn​

  • It supports pupils to develop respectful relationships and the time and space away to reflect on their actions and choices​

  • It provides a safe space for pupils to calm down, talk about their worries, have their needs met and complete their learning whilst the rest of the class benefit from a safe, learning-focused classroom.

Parent, Pupil and Staff views on the Learning Lounge


Lunchtime in the Learning Lounge

We now offer lunchtime provision to children in Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The Learning Lounge offers a space where they are encouraged to engage in a range of small-group activities, supervised and supported by the Learning Lounge Leaders. This provision aims to benefit children in a number of ways, including: supporting them in building relationships with others, helping them to share and take turns, resolving conflict between their peers and encouraging self-regulation and resilience. 



Page last updated: 28/02/2023