The Nurture Group was established in September 2013 for students with special educational needs, low ability or who have been identified by primary schools who may need a little more help. These students could find the transition to secondary school very difficult to deal with, which in turn, could hinder their achievement in Year 7 as they deal with the massive change and emotional difficulties this brings.
Changes such as finding their way around the school, getting to know a lot of different teachers, moving classrooms every hour can be difficult for some students. Therefore, it was felt that by having a Nurture Group, where a majority of the lessons are taught by the same teacher (who is a former primary school teacher) in the same classroom, would help the children settle into secondary school more quickly. It would allow them to build a good relationship with the teacher and therefore feel supported and nurtured in school.
The Nurture Group provides a safe and structured environment, providing students with the opportunity to develop emotionally and socially, and builds on students’ strengths and interests in order to encourage a sense of achievement and success.
The Nurture Group aims to:
• To accelerate pupil progress and allow them to catch up with their peers
• Enable students to feel safe and secure within their environment
• Raise self-esteem and develop social skills and a positive attitude
• Develop strengths and interests, promoting a sense of achievement and success
• Offer a safe base
• Build positive relationships
Individual Support Packages
As part of the nurture group we offer bespoke support packages which may include:
• Literacy and numeracy intervention
• Behaviour support
• Confidence and self-esteem intervention (LEAP Group)
• 1:1 mentoring
• Peer mentoring
In 2017 the cohort required much greater intervention in Maths as the starting point on average was often half a level lower than in English. Students saw rapid improvements in both English and Maths with substantial but slightly slower progress in Science.
Rates were similar to previous years of nurture group and some nurture group students reached Level 5 in English.
Nurture group students enjoy school; their attendance is very good. It is amongst the highest in the school. In 2017/18 half the class have 100% attendance and the median attendance is typically around 97%.
2018 Student views
We like nurture group because:
“We are like a family.” AH
“It’s fun with Miss Corner.” BR
“We are rewarded for good work and behaviour.” OS
“I like that it is a small group.” SA
2018 pupil voice:
100% Enjoy nurture group
100% enjoy it because: Good behaviour; they feel comfortable to ask questions; there is a variety of activities.
100% feel that the nurture group is helping them learn.
100% like the structure of the nurture group.