For some pupils, a nurture based curriculum is the most appropriate to meet their needs and ensure they achieve positive outcomes at Reach Academy, There are two nurture groups offering consistent teaching and support from staff who deliver learning following Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.
The main purpose of the nurture provision is to provide a safe, predictable, and supportive environment with embedded routines to enable children to enjoy their learning. At the heart of the nurture provision is a focus on wellbeing and relationships and a drive to support the growth of children, following the six key principles of Nurture;
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
- Language is a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children’s lives
Every lesson is highly differentiated to meet the individual needs of the children in each group and have additional focus on social skills, developing confidence and also promoting independence.
Each day starts with a nurture breakfast, where staff model family style dining and have planned discussion topics focused on the wider world. All children have core lessons each morning as well as personalised targeted interventions including reading, with a balance of learning and teaching, affection and structure within a home-like atmosphere.
Afternoons are focused around Nurture and social, emotional and mental health development. Each afternoon will be personalised to suit the needs of the individuals and group at that time. Activities will include cooking, art, P.E., mindfulness, emotional and social awareness and project work towards NOCN Level 1 Personal Development and Employability Skills awards.
Academic (English and Maths) progress is tracked and measured alongside developmental progress, using a range of different specialist assessment tools, however successes of all kinds are celebrated in order to build self-esteem and confidence.
Our Nurture Provision uses a therapeutic approach which offers a range of opportunities for children to engage with early nurturing experiences they may have missed resulting in attachment difficulties and development trauma. Our ultimate aim is to give students the skills and strategies they need to continue participating successfully in education.