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Nurture Provision

Nurture Team Leaflet

What Is Nurture?


The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environments - who you're with, and not who you're born to - and its significant influence on behaviour and cognitive ability. Children and young people who have a good start in life have a whole host of advantages over those who don’t have such positive experiences at home when they are little. They tend to do better at school, attend regularly, enjoy activities with friends and are significantly less likely to offend or experience problems with poor physical or mental health. Nurture groups offer an opportunity to learn the early nurturing experiences some children and young people lack, giving them the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.


(Nurture Group Network Website – 2016)

Why do we need Nurture at our school?


Pupils at William Bellamy Primary School are living in a local authority that has the highest level of adult unemployment compared to any other London Borough 42%


Like many other boroughs, unemployment is an issue and Barking and Dagenham has a higher level of long term unemployment at 42% when compared to London and England, both at 39%. The number of residents aged 16-64 who have never worked has increased from 644 in 2001 to 2,050 in 2011 - a 218% increase. Approximately 1 in 10 households with dependent children have no adults in employment. This is 50% higher than London.

(Taken from the LBBD Community Strategy 2011 – 16)


Pupils’ living in a London Borough ranked 22nd in the entire country for deprivation - The margins between the lowest 7 in London are considerably low.

Deprivation and Health

Barking and Dagenham still experiences higher than average levels of deprivation ranking 7th most deprived in London and 22nd most deprived nationally and our residents are not as healthy as they should be. Compared to other parts of the country they do not live as long. The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in 2011 showed that there are high levels of lifestyle risk to health and wellbeing including smoking, obesity and physical inactivity. There are continued high death rates from various diseases, especially heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease. Other single issues remain problems, for example dementia and the impact of income and fuel poverty on mental health.

(Taken from the LBBD Community Strategy 2011 – 16)


Pupils’ living in a borough where recent statistics show that combined with the above information, Barking and Dagenham has the highest population of 0-19 year olds in the entire country.


Demographic Changes Barking and Dagenham’s population has seen unprecedented change in recent years. The 2011 Census recorded a significant overall population increase of 13.4% to 185,911. This is 22,000 more people since 2001. Barking and Dagenham has the highest population percentage of 0-19 year olds in the country including a 50% increase in 0 – 4 year olds, placing a huge pressure on school places. In addition there has been the largest decrease in the 65+ age group in London.

(Taken from the LBBD Community Strategy 2011 – 16)


All of the above combined, as well as having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in line with one of the highest domestic violence rates across the country. Not to mention the growing threat of radicalisation within the White Indigenous males and the recent increase in gang violence.


What do we know about the impact on our pupils?

The school ethos is to support every child, to meet their needs at every point of development. We know the early stages of development are key to a child making the best possible progress both academically and emotionally. A well balanced child would have experienced their needs being met at every stage. In Nurture we attempt to bridge any gaps that may have occurred - this in turn provides a child with a more successful outcome. Many aspects of development are hindered by the social and emotional experiences a child would have encountered. We know that Nurture alone will not suffice and there is a clear correlation between SEMH and the wellbeing of a child. The cycle of impact and possible outcomes can present in many areas of need.