In 2012, having no knowledge or experience with the concept of formal nurture groups, I consciously designed The LEC’s provision for disaffected and disengaged Key Stage 4 (aged 14-16) learners and it’s day-to-day functionality around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Our learners attend The LEC in place of their extended learning centre placement for one or more days per week. Learners at The LEC typically display disaffected/disengaged behaviours, however they may or may not have identified special educational needs and/or disabilities, be classified as ‘gifted and talented’ in any areas, or have English as their first language.

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