care for and protect someone while they are growing.
Our 'Nurture' programme is a bespoke, individualised intervention for students who we identify would benefit from 1:1 or small group provision, further to the tailored support provided within designated learning and pastoral sessions throughout the week. 'Nurture' will support students in making progress towards their potential
'Nurture' is used proactively so that we ‘catch our students before they fall’ and boost self-esteem and self-belief in order that they can make the progress of which they are capable, and thrive.
Kate, our SENCo, has developed 'Nurture' and leads its delivery, in liaison with our learning, pastoral and therapy team. Her sessions are student-led and focus on developing an understanding of young peoples' emotional challenges, to enable effective supportive activities to be devised on a child by child basis. Sessions involve positive well being, development of communication and social skills, with touching base type activities where students are given the time and space to offload, relax and communicate how they are feeling.
Our physical environment is naturally peaceful and calm, with a range of spaces that can be used fluidly.
'Nurture' is delivered wherever is appropriate during each specific session for the students involved. That may be our 'Zen Den' - a calm space for grounding and reflection, quiet social time, small group / 1:1 work and therapy. It could be The Hub, a social space in the centre of our ground floor, at the heart of our schoolhouse. It could be in the Library, another smaller space with a peaceful feel. It may be outdoors in part of our extensive grounds. Nurture sessions are flexible and adapted to the profiles of the students' involved.
Progress is recorded, monitored and analysed through the programme to ensure that students meet their personal targets.