“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”
At Lambeth Academy, we are driven by our core values which are to be united, ambitious, confident, enthusiastic, creative and empowering. We aim for all our students to “be exceptional”.
The Nurture Group is a unique class within Lambeth Academy which gives Year 7 students the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of ability, levels or language skills, and enables them to live these core values each and every day.
The main purpose of the Nurture group is to provide a safe, predictable, and supportive class for pupils to enjoy their learning and catch up with key Literacy and Numeracy skills and concepts in Year 7. Pupils have additional lessons in Nurture to focus on these skills; they have a more differentiated curriculum than that followed by the mainstream students, and have additional focus on Social Skills, developing confidence and also promoting independence. The aim of the Group is to support pupils with securing the basics and bridging the achievement gap to enable them to transition into Mainstream in Year 8.
The Nurture Group is designed to cater for a small number of Year 7 each year, no more than 12 students in total are selected for the Nurture Group based on a range of needs. Spaces are allocated in priority to pupils with an EHC plan whose primary needs are Cognition and Learning. Criteria are flexible depending on needs and change each year based on the needs of the pupils coming into year 7.
The Nurture Group is taught by teachers of Core subjects for English, Maths and Science. Depending on the school timetabling. Pupils are in Mainstream classes with their peers in Drama, Art, Dance and PE.
Pupils in the Nurture Group do not take Languages, and these hours are given over to additional Intervention and Project work with the SENCO.
We use SRA Reading Labs, Phonics and McGraw Hill Literacy Program to help pupils develop reading, spelling and comprehension skills.
ICT skills are incorporated into English lessons as research or projects.
Students benefit from timetabled lessons in the Learning Resource Centre and have time to explore and use the resources available there.
Students also benefit from sessions to work on Social Skills Speech and language development guided by the Speech and Language therapist.
The Nurture Group classroom is a bright, welcoming environment. The room has 6 standalone computers, animation equipment, a range of crafts resources for project work, a mini library and reading corner, as well as interactive whiteboard for everyday teaching.
The Nurture Curriculum follows the general English, Maths and Science Curricula for Year 7. The topics are revised each academic year to ensure they suit the needs and ability ranges of the students.
A typical English unit of work will focus on reading for understanding, creative writing, punctuation skills, learning new vocabulary, and being able to talk about a text and express opinions and quote information from it.
In Maths, the curriculum focuses on number sense and skills, basic operations, simple problem solving skills and revising number bonds and multiplication tables. The objective is to ensure students can perform basic mathematical skills they will need in daily life, such as counting money, solving problems, estimating or measuring space.
Many students who join the Nurture Group will have their own strengths in each subject, for example: some will shine in Maths, while others will have a very creative approach to writing.
Successes of all kinds are celebrated in the Nurture Group in order to build self-esteem and confidence. Our ultimate aim is to give students the skills they need to join the mainstream full time and pursue a successful education.