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TCES Create Learning Primary

We are delighted to announce that our TCES Create Learning Service has expanded with the launch of Create Learning Primary. 

What is it? 

Create Learning Primary is a specialist site in Barking offering a nurturing and therapeutic learning environment for children with challenges that are a barrier to their learning in a mainstream provision. It uses a ‘nurture’ approach to education to support younger children.

Who is it for? 

Create Learning Primary is for pupils in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) who are likely to have at least one of the following complex needs: 

  • Experiences of relational/developmental trauma or attachment difficulties.

  • A diagnosed neurodevelopmental condition, for example: Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • Sensory processing difficulties. 

  • A diagnosed mental health condition, for example: Anxiety or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

 

Inside Create Learning Primary

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The Nurture Approach 

Create Learning Primary is underpinned by Six Principles of Nurture: 

  1. Learning is understood developmentally.  
  2. The classroom offers a safe base.
  3. The importance of nurture for the development of well-being.
  4. Language is a vital means of communication.
  5. All behaviour is communication. 
  6. The importance of transitions in children’s lives. 

Create Learning Primary is a variation on the classic Nurture group model, providing a happy, safe and secure learning environment where pupils feel valued and respected.  

A holistic curriculum is delivered to small classes of up to five pupils. Teachers are supported by Therapeutic Education Practitioners (TEP).  

As well as our rigorous TCES training programme, all staff receive targeted training from NurtureUK which includes an understanding of attachment theory and its impact on teaching practice and developing strategies to support pupils with social, emotional, sensory and mental health needs. 

Benefits of the nurture approach 

“The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.” — NurtureUK

A nurturing approach supports better emotional regulation in pupils, improving their cognitive functioning and ability to learn. Pupils begin to understand the importance of positive relationships and how to work and play together cooperatively. As their confidence develops, they learn how to speak in a group and express their ideas and make positive choices.  

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KEY CONTACTS

Name

Role

Email

Thomas Keaney CEO & Schools' Proprietor ceo@tces.org.uk
Adele Stedman Executive Headteacher admin.createprimary@tces.org.uk
Melinda Robbins Head of School admin.createprimary@tces.org.uk
Soumaya Selmi Deputy Head admin.createprimary@tces.org.uk
Deirdre McCoy School Business Manager admin.createprimary@tces.org.uk