Since August 2017 our service has trained over 200 members of staff on the basic principles of Nurturing Approaches. 96% of the participants involved reported an increased knowledge of attachment, adverse childhood experiences, and the impact of stress on brain development and stated that they could apply what they had learned into daily classroom/school practice.
Our service has been working with 21 identified establishments this session, including early years, primary and secondary contexts. We have supported the majority of establishments to develop an implementation plan, which outlines how nurturing approaches will be implemented within their establishment in a sustainable way. Most establishments have also completed a needs analysis, gathering views on their current nurturing approaches from pupils, staff and from parents/carers. This has provided a wealth of information on what’s working well and on the areas that need to be developed.
Training input will continue to be delivered on the February 2018 in-service days, where some establishments will learn in more detail about the 6 nurture principles. Our service will continue to coach and mentor staff on the implementation of nurturing approaches.
We are planning to host an event for education staff on nurturing approaches to raise awareness of the work that is being undertaken across Stirling Council in this area. We will advise the date of this event in the near future.