Here in Castaheany ETNS we are very lucky to have a Nurture Room for the children to use. It is a place where children can feel safe and secure and is designed to be a bridge between home and school. The children are given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities in a relaxed, structured environment which promotes and supports their social and emotional development.
The concept of nurture in education recognises that students’ wellbeing is as important as their academic achievements. Schools applying a nurture approach address the social, emotional and learning needs of individual students by providing help to remove barriers to learning. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, language development, relationships and communication. When the barriers to learning have been addressed and children feel connected to school life, then engagement in learning follows. Working in their Nurture groups provides the children with this opportunity and helps to develop their maturity and resilience.
The Nurture Schools programme provides targeted supports to students who are at risk of educational disadvantage, aimed at enhancing social, emotional and behavioural skills, attendance, engagement, resilience and self-belief. The project is set against school closures resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic and the negative impact of closures on student engagement and increasing existing inequalities.
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