The nurture band is Ridgeway’s SEN resource base for students with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) who are not yet ready to access a full mainstream timetable.
The ultimate aim is to support these students to be able to access the main school and develop the skills needed to achieve their full potential.
Students are taught in the base for English, mathematics, science and life skills by a SEN specialist teacher. They attend lessons in the main body of the school for PE, computing and food technology. They are supported by experienced TAs both in the base and as they move around the school.
In addition to studying curriculum subjects, students follow a life-skills programme designed to meet the needs of the individual. This focuses on promoting independence, as well as developing social and communication skills, self-esteem and resilience.
The staff team in the nurture band are experienced in working with young people with additional needs such as ASC, ADHD, social communication difficulties and demand-avoidance traits. The team is led by the SENCO and includes a specialist SEND teacher and a team of TAs.
Specialist input and advice from external professionals is in place as detailed in individual student EHCPs.