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13 Dec 2017
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26 Jan 2018
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National Nurturing Schools Programme in East Sussex

East Sussex are launching the National Nurturing Schools Project in 2018.  The National Nurturing Schools Programme is a programme that allows staff to develop personally and professionally whilst embedding a nurturing culture throughout their schools.  This programme enhances teaching and learning, and promotes healthy outcomes for children and young people. 

The National Nurturing Schools Programme draws on the six principles of nurture that have successfully underpinned nurture group practice for over forty years. This two year programme facilitates the development of a culture that puts engagement and well-being at the heart of practise.  Developed by the Nurture Group Network, schools will take part in two days of training and induction into theories of educational nurturing, leading to an audit and action plan with specific follow-up tasks, before a final day taking place a year later. 

Schools are then assessed by the Nurture Group Network against the agreed targets and successful schools are awarded the prestigious National Nurturing Schools Award, which they hold for three years before re-assessment is needed.

Schools must commit a member of senior leadership team and a practitioner from within the school. The Boxall Profile Online is used as an integral part of the approach, enabling staff to understand and monitor the performance of pupils.  On-goinge support is available from the Nurture Group Network consultancy team and from ISEND.

ISEND is sponsoring eight schools, including primary and secondary, to take part in this exciting opportunity. ISEND commits to funding the first year of the programme, while schools will commit to funding the second year.   Schools will complete agreements with both the Nurture Group Network and the local authority.

The successful implementation of this programme in East Sussex will mean that children and young people will receive appropriately tailored support in a school local to them, allowing them to remain connected to their peer groups and home communities.  The programme supports schools to enable children and young people to achieve the best outcomes and be as successful as they can in achieving their long term aspirations.

If you feel that this opportunity is right for your school, contact Miranda Collins who will send you an Expression of Interest form.  This form will provide the information on which schools will be selected for the programme.  The dates for the initial two days will be 20th and 21st March and the venue is to be confirmed.

Successful schools will be notified by the end of February.

For further information, please follow this link https://nurturegroups.org/training/national-nurturing-schools-programme , or contact Miranda Collins 01424 726214 or 0788 128 2713.

Miranda Collins
Miranda Collins
Behaviour Adviser, Nurture

Phone: 01424 726214
Email: miranda.collins@eastsussex.gov.uk