This self-evaluation framework provides a tool to support schools and early learning and childcare (ELC)settings who are applying a whole-school approach to nurture. It provides:
It also provides a range of practical tools that can be used to triangulate self-evaluation information and support the implementation of nurturing approaches, along with focus group prompts, a questionnaire for staff and parents, and readiness checklists.
Managers and practitioners in early years, primary and secondary school settings. It can also be used to support wider staff groups within these contexts.
PDF file: Applying nurturing approaches (2.7 MB)
PDF file: Appendix 1a - Whole-school readiness checklist (755 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 1b - Individual readiness checklist (720 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 2 - Attainment profile (45 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 3a - Observation profile - The classroom (459 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 3b - Observation profile - The playroom (472 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 3c - Observation profile - The school environment (372 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 4a - Teacher and early years practitioner staff questionnaire (94 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 4b - Non-teaching staff and support staff questionnaire (90 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 5a - Children and young people focus group discussion prompts (51 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 5b - Children in ELC settings focus group discussion prompts (43 KB)
PDF file: Appendix 6 - Parent/carer questionnaire (57 KB)
This self-evaluation approach can be used to complement self-evaluation through HGIOS 4? and HGIOELC?
It looks at school improvement through a nurturing lens and includes features of highly effective practice and challenge questions that would support schools and ELC settings when they are implementing a nurturing approach.
It also provides tools to support learning conversations, learning rounds, peer support and PRDs/PDP structures for staff.
The tools, which are provided as appendices, have a range of purposes including supporting the triangulation of self-evaluation evidence.
They also support schools to explore how a nurturing approach is being applied in the classroom/playroom and wider environment; how staff can attune to children and young people; and the extent of staff knowledge and attitudes to a nurturing approach.
The tools will help schools to examine their own readiness to implement a nurturing approach and provide a means of exploring the views of children, young people and parents and carers regarding a nurturing approach.