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Well-being and Nurture Support at Shepherdswell

Well-being and Nurture Support at Shepherdswell Academy


The well-being of the children at Shepherdswell Academy is of upmost importance to ensure that they are ready to be involved and make progress in their learning. The well-being and involvement of the children in their learning is assessed termly by EYFS class teachers and by the KS1 class teachers using Leuven Scales. Where children are not regularly happy and engaged in their learning, actions are put in place both within the classroom learning environment but also with the support of targeted intervention by the Learning Mentor. The Learning Mentor and class teacher will jointly set targets for each child and assess the outcomes and next steps half termly. The nurture group programme at Shepherdswell Academy provides focuses for children as they develop through the school year and the different challenges that they can encounter during their time at school. The sessions and themes are flexible to suit the needs of the children within each group.

Autumn Term

  • Settling into school or new class
  • Building friendships
  • Developing confidence
  • Taking turns
  • Listening and attention

Spring Term

  • Green Learner behaviours
  • Being independent and focused
  • Developing confidence
  • Taking turns
  • Listening and attention

Summer Term

  • Rising to the challenge
  • Transition – understanding and confidence
  • Developing confidence
  • Taking turns
  • Listening and attention


Some children, weekly targeted group sessions support their improved well-being enough so that they only access nurture groups for a fixed period. However for some children, their involvement will continue through the year. Provision will include targeted group sessions, daily or weekly 1:1 sessions or ad hoc drop in sessions. Within the learning environments at Shepherdswell there are emotional thermometers so that the children can show how they are feeling at any point in the day and adults can support them to discuss their feelings and where appropriate find a solution. This can include referral to the Learning Mentor for support.



Involving the Whole Family at Shepherdswell Academy

At Shepherdswell Academy, we also look to support the whole family where it is needed. This support can include:

  • Information meetings and visiting opportunities
  • Participation in learning sessions each term
  • Liaison with previous and next settings to support transition
  • World Book Day sharing reading and tea/coffee
  • Parent breakfasts for special days
  • Six week ‘Family Time’ course to support parents and their children
  • Carol Singing and Christmas Fayre
  • Celebration assemblies for children’s achievements and religious festivals


Involving the Community at Shepherdswell Academy

  • Singing and crafts at Sheltered Housing for the Elderly
  • Carol singing in local community centres and local church
  • Visit to local Buddhist Temple
  • Regular visits to and participation in Parish Council competitions
  • Visits to the Parks Trust
  • Wreath laying and reading at Remembrance Day service
  • Participation in Milton Keynes music festival to celebrate 50 years



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