Improvement in confidence and self-esteem and progress of pupils at the Nurture Hub and as a result on Forest School provision
Whilst our provision has only been up and running since the start of this academic year (5 weeks), there have been significant improvements for some children already.
Children are more socially, emotionally and academically resilient
It is still very early in the school year to see large gains in these areas but children are happier coming into school and more relaxed in the school environment.
Children will be able to transfer the skills developed in the nurture base or the forest school into their lives and their classroom
The timetable is planned so that children go back to base classes every Friday. This enables them to put into practice the skills they have been developing from Monday to Thursday within Kangaroos and/or Forest School. Most children are managing this transition back to their base classes well with only a small minority finding it challenging and requiring additional support.
Pupils on a reduced timetable have an increase in hours
Pupil S is now coming into school for 4 full days, whereas last year he was only managing half days. He presents as happier and less anxious about coming to school as he is now relaxed in the Kangaroos classroom and forest school space.
Children will be more engaged in their learning and this will impact on their academic progress and attainment
There has been a clear increase in engagement with learning activities either in Kangaroos or in the classroom with fewer refusals to engage as self esteem grows and children are more successful as learners. Longer term, there should be further gains in this area.
Reduced behaviour incidents
Last year the children accessing nurture and forest schools were in main classes and finding it difficult to manage their behaviour. As a result, behaviour incidents were frequent and learning was disrupted most days, particularly within Year 3. This term to date, these children are now in Kangaroos and/or Forest School and therefore their needs are being better met and learning within main classes is not being disrupted.
Some of the children in Kangaroos and/or Forest Schools are still having behaviour incidents due to the nature of their needs and their close proximity to each other within their nurture space. However the wider impact on the rest of the school is huge – no disrupted learning and fewer callouts for leadership team support.
Behaviour incidents for Kangaroos children are dealt with by Kangaroos staff and fed back immediately to parents via text message.
Children more prepared for transition from KS2 to KS3
Again very early to see the impact in this area. Children expected to return to main classes full time within 4 terms.
Over time a reduction in exclusions
Already this academic year there has been a significant reduction in Fixed Term Exclusions – 3 days so far this academic year compared to 13 days within the same period last academic year.
Children will develop a range of social and emotional skills that will allow them to manage their emotional reactions.
Again it is very early in the school year to be seeing impact in this area. Currently we are just seeing an improvement in children’s wellbeing and happiness in school and willingness to come to school.
Alternative Provision on site will allow a greater number of children to access an alternative provision, directly and indirectly benefitting the quality of learning
Last academic year only 1 pupil was able to access Alternative Provision due to lack of availability within the area for KS2. Now there are 12 children accessing AP in some form or other each week which is a significant improvement.
It will provide greater value for money
Two children last year had 1:1 support full time and this is no longer needed, meaning a reduction of staffing costs by approx. £30,000.