Nurture in Secondary Schools – what recognition in OFSTED reports?

Middleton, Tristan ORCID: 0000-0001-8111-3856 (2021) Nurture in Secondary Schools – what recognition in OFSTED reports? International Journal of Nurture in Education, 7. pp. 37-44.

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This explorative study analysed a selection of school OFSTED reports in order to answer the research question, ‘how are nurture and nurture group practice represented in OFSTED reports?’ This study sampled secondary school OFSTED reports over a period of one year and analysed the reports for reference to nurturing and nurture group practice. Findings showed 176 reports, within the sample of 935, identifying practice related to nurture and 34 schools with nurture groups. An analysis was made of the use of these terms and the context within which nurture groups are discussed. There was a significant lack of clarity relating to the meaning of nurturing practice and the discussion of nurture groups in the reports lacked precision around language, tended to omit evaluation of the practice, and did not include the views of the parents of nurture group attendees. Findings also suggest that if the methodology used in this study were replicated with a wider range of schools and time-frames, significant learning about nurturing and nurture group practice would emerge. Implications for the development of OFSTED reports and the work of NurtureUK are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Tristan Middleton
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 16:37
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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