.... Practices throughout School, including Boxall Profiling.
Broadfield Specialist School (Best Practice Award)
The project began with a four-day training course in Nurturing Principles, run by the Nurture Group Network and attended by the Assistant Headteacher. The course led to a Certificate in the Theory and Practice of Nurture groups (Edge Hill University) - awarded to the AHT in the summer of 2010.
At that time, there was no space in school for a Nurture Room. The AHT then decided to concentrate on raising awareness of nurturing principles and how we could embed these in school.
An INSET training session by AHT in November 2009 raised awareness of some aspects of SEBD, and introduced both the Goodmans SDQ as a potential screening tool, and Boxall profiling as a way of assessment and planning for such pupils. School staff then filled in a feedback form on the training, and some staff filled in Goodmans SDQ forms for certain pupils. The AHT followed some of these up with a Boxall profile and report, which identified strategies.
When a room became available in school in December 2011, it was designated the new Nurture, or "Rock Steady" Room. Three staff members were identified to plan and develop the provision - the AHT, the PSHE co-ordinator and the HLTA responsible for specialised PSHE interventions.
At present there are five pupils in the group, attending for one session each week. They have all participated in the creation of the Nurture group environment, making choices about resources and activities.