This course is suitable for:
• Those who wish to set up and run a nurture group.
• Those who wish to support pupils to engage in their learning.
• Those who wish to support 'at risk' children.
• Teachers and SNAs who want to adopt a more nurturing approach while working with children who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, attachment difficulties, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-regulation and/or self-expression difficulties.
Nurture Group Theory and Practice Course - supporting all students to learn
• The practicalities of setting up and running a nurture group – early years, primary and secondary
• Up-to-date research in attachment theory and neuroscience and the practical applications in the classroom
• Child development and learning : the effects of loss, trauma and neglect on learning and behaviour
• Using the Boxall Profile to assess pupils’ developmental difficulties, blocks to learning and to devise practical strategies to support them in transition back to class
• Developing the curriculum to promote students’ social, emotional and learning skills
• Developing a whole-school nurturing approach and promoting wellbeing
• Monitoring and evaluation through a structured, evidence-based, planned approach.
We know that education is a major protective factor in preventing social exclusion and predicting success in life. Children and young people who attend school regularly attain well, learn to make friends, and are significantly more likely to find skilled employment, to avoid antisocial or criminal behaviour and to enjoy good mental health. There are students in our schools – in primary and post-primary - who seem unable to access learning, who have not developed the necessary social, emotional and behavioural skills for learning. They do not respond to the teaching offered, either withdrawing or behaving aggressively to teachers and fellow pupils. These children make little progress, often reaching the stage of exclusion. They can have a profound, negative effect on other pupils and class morale. Much of this can be prevented. For 50 years, nurture groups have been demonstrating that, with the right help and support, such children and young people can successfully be included in mainstream schools.
Participant resource pack will include:
• Course materials
• A copy of the Boxall Profile (primary)/Boxall Profile for Young People (post-primary) Handbook
• A copy of Beyond the Boxall Profile: Strategies and Resources/Beyond the Boxall Profile for Young People: Strategies and Resources publications.
All participants will have the opportunity to submit an assignment for certification as a Certified Nurture Group Practitioner.
Fee: €200 per participant to cover the cost of resources and books, and also correction of the optional assignment should you wish to submit it for certification.