“A worthwhile book full of useful ideas and resources for nurture group practitioners. Simon Bishop is a skilled practitioner, and he links his contemporary, practical experience to the wider range of ideas and thinking that inform and underpin nurture group work in a helpful and accessible style.”—Jim Rose, DirectorThe Nurture Group Network Setting up and running a nurture group in your school is an effective way to improve the quality of educational services for every child, not just those with special educational needs. This practical book offers a clear structure for making a nurture group work and provides tried-and-tested reproducible resources to support the whole process. The author explains how and why nurture groups work and:Demonstrates how nurture groups benefit young children's social, emotional, and educational developmentGives practical advice on setting up and running a nurture groupExplains how to assess and monitor student progressProvides materials for leading staff development sessionsOffers photocopiable resources on an accompanying CD-ROMAn inspirational read for all teachers and support staff, Running a Nurture Group will appeal to anyone working with young children who have emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Keeping on Course
Keeping on Course
This Chapter Covers
- team working and asking for help
- behaviour plans and the most challenging children
- record keeping
- nurture group policy.
Team Working and Asking for Help
Children who are placed in the nurture group can display a range of very challenging behaviour that can be hard for the adults to understand and manage. It can be difficult to respond positively and with understanding day after day. The adults can feel ‘de-skilled, angry, despairing, anxious, depressed or isolated’ (Ayers et al., 2000).
Throughout the school day there are many opportunities for situations to arise that can raise stress levels, and anxiety can trigger behaviour problems for the children. There are three common problem areas:
- The learning situation: difficulties can arise through making mistakes, lack ...