Wellbeing and Nurture
Proverbs 4:23 Good News Translation (GNT) of the Bible
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Nurturing the health and wellbeing of our pupils is an embedded approach across the school’s ethos, linking with other aspects of health education, spiritual development, the wider school curriculum and the ethos and policies that underpin the school. We strive to maintain good partnership working with other agencies and health services to ensure our children and families receive the best possible support whenever its required.
Nurture Group Provision
Nurture groups are a short-term, focused intervention for children with particular social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which are creating a barrier to learning within a mainstream class.
Each group consists of between 6 to 8 children, led by a nurture group teacher and teaching assistant. Children attending the nurture group remain an active part of their main class, spending appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need, and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms.
Nurture groups assess learning and social and emotional needs and give help that is needed to remove the barriers to learning. The relationship between the two nurture staff is always nurturing and supportive, providing a role model for children. Food is shared at ‘snack time’ with much opportunity for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs
of others, with time to listen and be listened to.
As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.
Nurture support is not limited to the nurture group, as we embed the nurturing principles and practice at a whole school level, providing appropriate support for all pupils attending the school.