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NURTURE IN WHITBURN ACADEMY L McEwen Depute Head Teacher Whitburn Academy September 2010 WHY? • Whitburn Academy already has a good ethos of support. • Challenging groups in S1. • Groups of de-motivated pupils in S3 - S4. It was felt that steps could be taken earlier. • Desire to be proactive. Introduce steps to work with pupils at an earlier stage. • Enthusiasm….to do something about it! WHY NURTURE? • Support pupils at an early stage in secondary school. • Builds on relationships and increases self esteem. Links with our school priorities and ethos. • Helps with behaviour / social / emotional needs. • Social learning : safe environment. • Identifies where there have been gaps at an earlier stage and gradually fills these gaps • It works. • Enthusiasm…from others. HOW WE STARTED • Support from Educational Psychologists. • Support from SLT: to build on current good practice. • 2 day Training session in school: including input from Music Therapist/ Burnhouse. • Visits to other established groups. • Spread idea among staff, especially discussing with current support staff. PROCESS • Identified nurture room: central corridor set up on “home background” style. • Whole staff awareness: also as part of our ethos on building relationships. • Staff identified and trained: CPD training end September will be attended by additional staff. • Profiling pupils using Boxall Secondary Profiles: starting with small group: once S2 group running, consider S1. NURTURE… THE FUTURE • Make a Difference…… • Equip pupils to cope better as they proceed through school: build confidence and self esteem. • CYPT team planning to work with parents. • Feedback to staff: keep Nurture in the forefront. • Support from trainee Educational Psychologist. • Monitoring and evaluating group and communicating with staff and parents. • A prime role in meeting needs of all pupils.
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