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Title: Parent and staff perceptions of a nurture group
Author: Dilks , Clare
ISNI:       0000 0004 5923 8937
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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Nurture Groups (NGs) are small specialist classes supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) in schools. Much previous research has shown NGs to be effective in supporting children SEBD and academic development. Underpinned by Attachment Theory it appeared important that parents were involved in NGs; however this has proved complex. This study aimed to investigate parent and staff views of parental knowledge and involvement in a NG and to explore whether parental views could influence future practice in the group. Thematic analysis was used to analyse in-depth , semi-structured interviews with 6 participants (4 parents; 2 staff) involved in a First School (ages 4-9) NG. The findings showed that parents were keen to support their children. Both parents and staff viewed the NG as making a positive difference on attendees' behaviour and learning. Despite being unsure what happened in the group and desiring more information and feedback from staff, parents trusted staff to support their children. Staff wanted greater parental involvement but had experienced difficulties in engaging them in discussion around their children in the NG. Parents raised issues of inclusion, wishing to see a bigger profile for the NG within the school. A number of challenges were apparent for staff in running the NG. Implications of the research and areas for future study are considered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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