Nurturing children Through education
Merrywood Education follows a model of nurturing children through education, based on the neuro science of developmental trauma.
Merrywood has a unique way in which we work with children, using neuroscience to better understand the science behind trauma and behaviours, seeing behaviour as a language and a symptom.
We have developed a model of ‘Nurturing Children Through Education’; a model that keeps the school family in the centre of families’ and children’s future progression. We walk hand in hand with families and provide trauma informed family support. We believe that together we can achieve more and that parents’ knowledge is key to the progression of our children.
As Merrywood continues to grow, it is our aim to offer more and more therapeutic educational services to other local authorities, train mainstream schools and offer an outreach service that will reduce the number of children being excluded from educational settings. We want every child to thrive!
Merrywood’s main focus is to nurture and support children educationally, socially, morally and physically. Our four priorities are:
Providing a stable, home like, consistent and therapeutic environment in which children can develop respect, self-esteem and an ability to value themselves and others
Developing the child’s own moral values and self-awareness
Providing a framework in which children develop an understanding of their personal strengths, needs and capabilities
Facilitating academic progress that will enable the children to successfully access the next phase in their education
WE MEET OUR PRIORITIES BY:
● Instilling a desire to learn by setting relevant targets, providing appropriate support, and rewarding achievement
● Developing lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasingly independent learning
● Encouraging parents to be active partners in their children’s education
● Fostering self-reliance and motivation
● Providing a safe, stimulating and nurturing learning environment
● Encouraging children to act creatively and with imagination
● Supporting an understanding of the children’s pasts which will help them to live successfully in the present, and to plan intelligently for the future
● Promoting cooperation in all aspects of school life
● Facilitating discussions, debate and learning how to value the differences and diversity within our school
The role of our educational psychologist is to increase our children’s … MORE
WILDERNESS THERAPY | AND MORE
CLAIRE GUNGAH – B Ed in Primary Education, NASENCO
HEAD OF SCHOOL
CLAIRE GUNGAH – B Ed in Primary Education, NASENCO – has had extensive breadth and depth of experience working with vulnerable children and families throughout her career in a range of educational settings, including a residential day nursery and mainstream schools across inner London boroughs and Surrey.
She worked as Assistant Head and Inclusion Manager for seven years in an area of significant deprivation, supporting children with complex needs and challenging circumstances on their journey to success in mainstream or specialist education. Most recently, she was instrumental in setting up specialist learning bases within a mainstream setting for those children who were unable to access formal classroom education due to either significant learning needs or complex mental health challenges and presenting behaviours.
A Message from Claire:
As Head of School, I will bring together my experience in mainstream schools with the expertise of specialist education to develop a uniquely bespoke model of provision. I hope to replicate the model to ensure access for as many children as possible across local authorities, also working within mainstream settings to develop educational professionals’ understanding of the ‘Nurturing Children Through Education’ model and how this can be embedded within all settings.
Effecting genuine, positive change for our most vulnerable children is what I have been working towards throughout my whole career and I truly believe that Merrywood’s model of education can achieve this.”
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