The importance of nurturing pupils and staff

Elmhurst School for Boys

10th November 2017 | Heads Blog

Here at Elmhurst, we strive to nurture and inspire each pupil and celebrate their many achievements. Nurturing our boys to develop and achieve the best they can, is what sets Elmhurst apart from other independent schools in the area. 

To nurture someone is to ‘care for’ and ‘protect’ them and our staff focus on a number of areas with a view to nurturing pupils. Work has been done to develop an inspirational environment, both inside and outside of the classroom. I feel that the celebration of boys’ achievements is also important for nurturing them and so those boys that have been awarded Golden Certificates, have them on display in their classrooms alongside good examples of work, as well as medals and trophies that have been brought in from various sporting activities. In our staff meetings, we have also been having discussions around how to nurture boys through challenging them to achieve their best in all that they do. This is only achievable if they are provided with the opportunities to do so. Our teachers therefore, carry great levels of responsibility in providing these opportunities.

We must never forget, that our teachers need nurturing too. To gain the best outcomes from your team, they need to feel that those that lead them, care for them. Continuous professional development is important in any profession and our amazing teachers are very mindful of wanting to develop and improve their practice. Providing the opportunity to improve is where my responsibility lies, as Headteacher. Traditionally, professional development can be gained from attending courses such as the Bellevue Emerging Leaders Course or through staff INSET days. However, we are currently involved in an innovative project led by Bellevue Education, using 'Swivl' video technology to provide the opportunity for teachers to self evaluate as well as to share good practice with their colleagues. The Swivl equipment enables teachers to film themselves delivering a lesson and to watch themselves back with a critical eye on developing certain areas of their practice. There is a sense of excitement amongst the teachers at the moment that effective progress is being made through this innovative and new method of professional development, which is also nurturing them. We look forward to sharing further updates throughout the term.

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