Irish-language schools conference to look at impact of `nurture' groups.

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Newspaper article that explores the value of nurture group provision in Irish speaking primary schools, as highlighted by the evaluation of nurture group provision report. 

Period15 Mar 2017

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  • TitleIrish-language schools conference to look at impact of `nurture' groups
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletIrish News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionIrish-language educators from north and south will gather this week to examine issues including the experience of the `nurture' approach to schooling.

    Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, the representative body for Irish-medium education in the north, will hold its annual conference on Thursday in An Carn, Maghera.

    Scoil an Droichid in south Belfast and Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin in the north of the city started operating nurture groups last September.

    The proposed pilot scheme for Irish-medium education had looked under threat when the schools were told there was no money available. This led to a protest on the steps of Stormont's parliament buildings.

    The concept has been widely developed across the UK to address identified behavioural needs within schools, offering a safe and welcoming environment to promote learning and positive behaviours.

    They are recognised as playing a key role in tackling under-achievement early in a child's life by providing targeted support.

    Hundreds of children - from P1 to P3 - benefit from extra help in special facilities that are typically equipped with kitchens, sofas, and quiet rooms.

    The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen's University Belfast last year published a report into the impact of the units in primary schools.

    It found clear evidence that nurture group provision was "highly successful in its primary aim of achieving improvements in the social, emotional and behavioural skills of children from deprived areas exhibiting significant difficulties".
    Producer/AuthorSimon Doyle
    PersonsSeaneen Sloan, Karen Winter, Fiona Lynn, Paul Connolly