At Yaxham Church of England (VA) Primary School we have a small nurture group called the Bluebirds.
What is the purpose of the Bluebird Group and its philosophy?
Bluebird Group is a small intervention group of four to six pupils. Its composition is carefully well thought-out, to create a balanced and functional group. Bluebird Group is part of the school's Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children's learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The group provides children with these opportunities and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The group is a place of learning.
The philosophy of the intervention is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by 'The Nurture Group Network' (www.nurturegroups.org).
The Nurture Group Principles:
1. Children's learning is understood developmentally
2. The classroom offers a safe base
3. The importance of nurture for the development of self-esteem
4. Language is a vital means of communication
5. All behaviour is communication
6. The importance of transition in children's lives
Which children attend the Bluebird Group?
How does your child receive support from Bluebird Group?
If your class teacher believes your child would benefit from this type of intervention, then this will be given careful consideration and will be discussed with you. Equally, if you believe your child may benefit from some extra support then please contact your class teacher in the first instance.
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