Minister for Children and Families visits nurturing Crewe School

On Thursday 25th February, the Nurture Group Network hosted a visit by the Minister for Children and Families to Adelaide School in Crewe. Accompanied by the Chief Executive of the Nurture Group Network, Edward Timpson MP – local MP for Crewe and Nantwich – was interested to see how the nurturing approach adopted at the school benefits secondary school pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

By creating a safe, structured environment and adopting routines based on attachment theory, nurture groups help to improve children’s behaviour and wellbeing, preventing the development of long-term mental health problems and improving attainment. Adelaide School is a special school that has adopted the principles that underpin nurture groups across the whole school and has firmly embedded emotional health and wellbeing throughout the school by adopting a whole-school nurturing ethos. The year 7 nurture provision at Adelaide School was awarded the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award in 2013, a prestigious accolade awarded to schools who demonstrate exemplary practice in supporting a range of pupil needs through nurture groups. 

On attending the visit, the Nurture Group Network Chief Executive Kevin Kibble said: “Adelaide School has evidenced its success in running an outstanding nurture provision, and the beneficiaries are the children attending the school, their families and the wider community. We are delighted to be able to show the Minister the positive outcomes that nurture can have on children’s lives, including improved achievement, behaviour, attendance and wellbeing”.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: “I was delighted to join Kevin Kibble and the staff and students of Adelaide School to see the fantastic work they do to help vulnerable children overcome barriers to achievement.

“My vision for children with special educational needs is simple: that their aspirations are as high as any other young person their age and that they go on from education to lead fulfilling, happy lives. We’ve made fundamental changes to the law to support this vision, and it was a pleasure to see how the students at Adelaide School are responding to such a safe, nurturing environment.”