At Cwmffrwdoer Primary School we have successfully achieved the National Nurturing Schools Programme. This two-year journey has enabled staff to develop personally and professionally whilst embedding a nurturing culture throughout the school, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children and young people. We focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole school environment. The programme is based on the six principles of nurture that are embedded within the daily work of the school.
The Six Principles of Nurture
What is nurture?
The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environments and the significant influence on social emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour. Research shows that children and young people who have a good start in life are shown to have significant advantages over those who have experienced missing or distorted early attachments. They tend to do better at school, attend regularly, form more meaningful friendships and are significantly less likely to offend or experience physical or mental health problems.
The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children and young people 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.
Pupils benefit from the approach that supports them in their specific needs while delivering teaching and learning in a way that all can access. The pupil is at the heart of the school focus and their learning is understood developmentally.
Parents benefit from being involved and welcomed in the school, in seeing the improvement in the children’s learning, behaviour, confidence and attendance. A better outcome for their children both in and out of the school and classroom.
Teachers benefit from a renewed focus on their pupils and a culture change where every voice counts. A more balanced measure of outcomes for individual pupils ensues.
Schools benefit from showing their commitment to developing an ethos and culture that is inclusive supports everyone in and associated with the school
Communities benefit from having a school that wants to be at the heart of the community and demonstrates its central role in children and young people’s lives.