The Compass Centre is an allocated room based in Key Stage 1 for children who have been identified as having additional social, emotional or behavioural needs.
The Nurture Group has been a committed base which offers support to individuals since 2007.
Children who attend have the opportunity to build and sustain relationships with staff and other children within the group. Compass Centre staff offer a predictable, dependable and secure environment. This nurturing setting helps children to build self-esteem and become more confident and independent.
The long-term aim of the Compass Centre is to offer the skills needed for individuals to successfully return to their mainstream class.
Who attends the Compass Centre?
The Compass Centre offers places to children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation stage. The group size can depend greatly on the need of individuals and varies between 6 – 10 per group. Currently Key stage 1 and Foundation stage children share the sessions.
Sessions can last from 2 - 4 terms and after this children are reintegrated back into their mainstream class, one afternoon at a time. This process depends on the child’s individual needs and is done sensitively through discussions with parents/class teacher and support staff within school.
Once reintegration has been successful a leaving party is organised and this is seen as a considerable achievement by staff/parents and children.
How are children selected?
Compass Centre staff spend a large part of the summer term in nursery to meet children that will be integrating into reception classes in the autumn term. During the first part of the autumn term, nurture group staff attend forest school, open door and child-initiated sessions. This allows nurture group staff to see whole classes in different settings and gain further understanding and knowledge about individual children. Once children are settled in class their teacher completes a “strength and difficulty questionnaire” on every child within their class. It is from the questionnaires that a comprehensive assessment is completed on a small number of pupils. Careful consideration, time and effort are a priority when selecting groups as this will ensure the greatest outcome for individual children.
How are children taught?
Compass Centre staff follow the curriculum very closely. Activities are short and focus on the social and emotional needs of individuals and the requirements of the group. Compass Centre staff plan work that is meaningful and stage appropriate. This enables individuals to feel confident and engage fully with the learning process in the Nurture Group and their mainstream class.
Impact on children, families and school.
What we have to say:
“Helps me to be good"
"Nurture is fantastic"
"I like it when Mrs Hellowell and Mrs Briscoe help me to play games"
"I like playing games"
"It makes me happy"
“The impact of this nurturing approach at such an early stage of their school life has a dramatic impact on future progress and potential development. This includes concentration, self-esteem, behaviour (self-control) and engagement in the wider curriculum offered in all parts of school.” L. Hullin- Foundation stage manager.