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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following Government guidance by having a ‘Nurture Bubble’. In the past, students would normally have gone into mainstream lessons for Science, PE, Art/Design, music, drama and PD. Nurture students now have all their lessons in the department delivered by a SEND teacher following subject schemes of work or by a subject specialist who comes to us.

The nurture classes are important to bridge the gap between Primary and Secondary education.

Nurture is an achievable stepping-stone pathway that enables students to access a mainstream curriculum at a pace that suits their learning needs. Students are suitably challenged to allow rapid progress. Nurture aspires to make students feel valued members of the St Peter’s school community within which they can develop as confident, successful learners whilst becoming prepared as young adults for society beyond school.

It is not intended to be a low level stream but rather to produce accelerated progress.

Nurture supports those students with speech and language difficulties to achieve their full potential. These students do not have impaired IQ but without appropriate support will not achieve in line with their peers.

The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for young people with SEND, often with EHCPs, to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life. We are able to support students with EHCPs more effectively than in a withdrawal model of support. We are able to support ‘soft’ skills and meet the legal requirements of EHCPs.

The lessons offer a broad, balanced, engaging and accessible curriculum, bespoke to the needs of the most vulnerable students. This leads to greater independence and builds on developing skills.

Our aim is that students make rapid progress in the basic skills that their peers have already mastered. This takes into consideration students who are developmentally working at KS1/2 academically, socially and emotionally. Gradual transition into mainstream aids students’ confidence and success as well as supporting the mainstream teachers. Extra training is offered to teachers with regards the needs of students transitioning into mainstream lessons.

Nurture can be summed up in 6 principles:

  1. Children's learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  4. Language is a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is communication
  6. The importance of transition in children's lives

These pages describe our school’s ‘offer’ for children with SEN. SEN stands for Special Educational Needs.

Every child brings a unique pattern of strength and areas of need to our community and the school aims to fulfil the potential of all students. The links here relate to those students who have difficulties that affect their learning and are recognised as needing specific types of support. Follow the links to find out more about how St. Peter’s works to support young people with a range of additional needs.

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