In May 2017 Framingham Earl High School began its journey to become a ‘Nurturing School’.
Fram has always prided itself on its community and family spirit; in our Ofsted inspection in 2014 pupils referred to the school ‘as a ‘comfy sofa and not a hard chair’ because they feel valued’. Through working with the Nurture Group Network on the National Nurturing Schools Programme we hope to gain recognition for what we already do well and to develop this further.
In order to be considered for the award we will be working towards the National Nurturing Schools Programme Standards. These place the students at the heart of our School and lead to better outcomes for students in and out of the School and classrooms. The Programme supports our inclusive practice and everyone involved in the School; students, staff, parents and the wider community. The standards we will be working towards cover three broad areas; Stakeholders, Delivery and Leadership and Management.
The principals which underpin the National Nurturing Schools Programme are not new to us; our Nurture Group, the Dragons, is based on the same six principals of Nurture:
• Children’s learning is understood developmentally
• The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
• All behaviour is communication
• The classroom offered a safe base
• Language is a vital means of communication
• The importance of transitions in children’s lives
In the coming months, we are planning to begin work with the whole school community to develop a clear understanding the six principles of Nurture and then to move these forward into classrooms and across our school. The National Nurturing Schools Programme and our involvement in it sits clearly alongside our school values and our belief that ‘Anything’s Possible’.