CHILDREN and teachers are celebrating the launch of a new nurture group at Warley Road Primary School.
The Sunshine Room is a specially-designed classroom for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties who struggle in mainstream classes.
Deputy head teacher and nurture group leader Viv Watson said: “This intervention will make a huge difference in the lives of children who, in a big, busy class, can often get left behind.
“The Sunshine Room offers the children the chance to work in small groups with experienced teachers to pick up the skills they need to go back into class as perfect role models to the other children.”
Nurture groups were first set up in London in the 1970s by educational psychologist Marjorie Boxall.
“It is a well-recognised intervention,” said Miss Watson.
The nurture group has been up and running for six weeks and was officially opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri on Thursday.
He was welcomed to an assembly by a Year Four class singing and signing What a Wonderful World.
Miss Watson said parents of the children taking part in the nurture group were delighted at the progress their children were making at home and in school.
She said: “One thing that we will always do at Warley Road is provide excellent opportunities for all our children in order for them to be healthy, happy and able to reach their full potential in and out of school.”