We’re celebrating Nurture Week here at Ufton this week!
Nurtureuk launched the first ever Nurture Week last year and was established as a way of highlighting the significant gap in educational support for children with special educational needs or at risk of exclusion. This is something we focus strongly on with our visiting schools at Ufton Adventure.
We spoke to our Head of Learning, Neil about how we bring nurture into our programmes:
“Nurture is incredibly important. Many young people have experienced either missing or distorted early nurturing experiences. At Ufton we try and replace those missed experiences by immersing the children in an accepting and warm environment which helps develop positive relationships with both teachers and peers.
We see a large number of children with severe social, emotional and behavioural needs; students who are unable to form trusting relationships with adults or to respond appropriately to other children – in effect, they are simply not ready to meet the social demands of school life.
The staff at Ufton Adventure work on the six principles of nurture:
- Learning is understood developmentally
- Ufton Adventure 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 the lives of children and young people
In developing a nurture based approach, we hope that improvements will be made in attendance, reduced exclusions, an increased interest in school, confidence, attainment and self-esteem.
There is compelling evidence that a focus on nurture allows children to better perform academically (Sanders, 2007; Reynolds et al. 2009; Seth-Smith et al. 2010), increasing school attendance (Sanders, 2007) and school enjoyment (Sloan et al. 2016) and reducing pupils’ exclusions (Ofsted, 2011).
The role that Ufton plays in promoting the resilience of young people is important, particularly so for some children where their home life is less supportive. Ufton is a safe and stimulating place for children where they can develop a sense of belonging and feel able to trust and talk openly with adults and peers.”