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The Nurture Room

Discussion in 'Personal' started by anon2799, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Is anyone else watching this? More 4 right now. Food for thought.
    We have a nurture group, I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to fund it.
  2. Haven't watched it yet (sky + doing that) but we had nurture groups in our area 8-10 years ago and the funding went in most schools about 4 years ago. One school even closed down due to falling rolls in the project period and the authority wouldn't let the nearby school that was taking a lot of the children from the closing school, set up a nurture group-it was almost like they set them up to fail. A lot of the younger Looked After Children I worked with 6 years ago were in Nurture classes-it certainly helped those ones that were placed with foster parents to catch up a bit with their peers on social skills.
    I know of one residential BESD secondary school (Capenhurst) that set up a Nurture class for each year group about 4 years ago (lots of publicity when they were recruiting). They have changed SMT since then so don't know if the nurture classes are still running there.
  3. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    I've set them up in 3 schools now, in very challenging areas. The impact is tremendous.
    we also use the positive play programme with the really troubled children. Can't recommend it highly enough. It's money well spent. Hope Mr Gove sees this programme
  4. Don't they come with a bit of a stigma attached in High Schools? Even Breakfast Club is shunned by kids at our school who could really benefit by it because it has "needy" stamped all over it (according to them).
  5. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    I couldn't really comment on the stigma because I don't work in high schools, but I know the local high schools both have units. One has an absolutely massive specialist nurture group and they provide all the training for the primaries in the whole LA. They also have children shipped in from out of catchment who have been excluded and they reported a 75% success rate at reintegration last year so it must work to some extent.
    It's my old secondary school and the catchment is really challenging as the parents who care send their kids elsewhere so you can imagine the clientele.
    The positive play programme is used as a reward for good behaviour sometimes, to avoid the whole "naughty kid" stigma. It helps a lot.
  6. We have a class in Y7 and Y8 that is for emotionally immature children who can't manage the routines of high school. They each have a superb specially-trained ex-Primary teacher who takes them for most of their subjects and supports them in the others. It is predictably known amongst the rest of the kids as "The Div Set".
  7. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Ah, the remmers, as they were known in my day. Very un pc!
  8. It's a shame because the kids do really well in there in Y7, until the rest of the little bastards work out that it's not just a random arrangement like their groups.
  9. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Kids aren't daft. I remember being aware at the age if 6 which table was the top one and where the strugglers ( a bit more pc than what they were called in secondary) sat.

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