All the schools within our Trust are working with Nurture UK on the Nurturing Schools Programme. We are developing our practice against the six principles of nurture, shown below (image courtesy of Nurture UK) and staff are accessing training in a range of areas including de-escalation strategies, sensory regulation, attachment theory and other aspects of social, emotional and mental health.
As part of our nurture journey, the staff team reviewed our behaviour policy earlier in the year, to reflect our focus on inclusion, nurture and restorative practice. The full policy is available on the policy page of our website and is based on the nurture principles and our three rules: Be ready. Be kind. Be safe.
Moving forward, we will be evaluating and further improving our practice across three key areas: stakeholders, delivery and leadership and management. We are working with a range of external agencies, including an Educational Psychologist, consultants from Nurture UK, and specialist staff from the coastal Opportunity Area, as well as liaising with colleagues from across YEAT schools.
We already pride ourselves on an inclusive and nurturing approach and look forward to developing our practice further as we continue on our nurture journey. Staff attended a whole Trust Nurture conference in Autumn 2021, with follow-up training throughout the year, and teachers have received training in Nurture Principles and using Boxall Profiles. Our school is well resourced with books, sensory objects, calm corners and much more to truly nurture our children and offer individualised support where needed.
Updates about our nurture journey will be posted on the school Facebook page and in our newsletters.
Image provided by Nurture UK.