In addition to the mainstream and Special Education Curriculum provided at Tower Primary School, we offer a varied, tiered approach to Nurture across the school - considering the social, emotional, behavioural and personal well-being of the students.
Alongside regular professional dialogue amongst teachers, children are assessed as a whole class annually in self-esteem. This enables us to provide the most appropriate intervention for them based on scoring by pupils and staff. This takes the form of:
Bright Stars - a scheme which focuses on confidence, friendship and coping strategies in small groups for 6 weeks, or Protective Behaviours - a safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children and adults to recognise situations where they feel worried or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened and explores practical solutions.
Alternative interventions for children requiring more specific support e.g. communication with peers, team work or expressing themselves are also part of our Nurture Curriculum including Forest Schools where up to 4 children can work towards a target for several weeks in the outdoor environment giving them the opportunity to experience success in a natural setting.
Play Therapy for individuals is run for 8-12 weeks periods based on further assessment using Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires. We are able to assess via the Boxall Profile alongside any other form off self-esteem based assessment to measure and evidence the impact of intervention.
We share all proposed and completed intervention information with parents and value feedback. Tower School regularly draw on the valuable expertise of other practitioners and agencies to aid all delivered schemes.
All interventions are overseen by the Head Teacher and Inclusion Coordinator, supported by specialist trained Teaching Assistants.
In 2014-205 100% of pupils who completed Bright Stars commented that they found it helped them in some way.
100% of the children enjoyed 97% of the activities.
What do our children say about Bright Stars?
"Bright Stars helped me manage my feelings because you get to relax and let your mind clear.'"
'Bright Stars helped me manage my feelings 'by helping to calm me down.'
"Bright Stars helped me think about myself and how I felt.'"
'Bright Stars helped me think about my feelings.'
'The massage is my favourite.'
Go Wild Summer Forest Schools workshop 2015
In the summer holiday some of us came back to school... Forest School! We made clay tree faces, built shelters and learnt many new skills.