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Plymouth Primary Nurture

Plymouth  Primary  Nurture  is  a  collection  of  nurture  provisions  providing  short-term  intensive  provision  to  pupils  struggling  in  mainstream  education.  Our  organisation  is  compiled  of  the  two  Edison  Centres,  which  are  part  of  Discovery  Multi  Academy  Trust,  and  the  Star  Learning  Nurture  Centre,  which  is  part  of  CAST  Multi  Academy  Trust.

Contacts details

Telephone number: 01752 706360

We provide 6-week (full-time) placements for primary pupils who find mainstream education challenging because of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), traumas, social, emotional, mental health difficulties, additional and special educational needs, and those near permanent exclusion. We work alongside referring schools to set achievable positive outcomes for pupils to enable them to return to mainstream schooling, which includes training for staff and support work for parents and carers. 

Pupils who may benefit from a referral to the Edison Centre include:

  • Disengaged/disaffected pupils
  • Pupils struggling with transitions, e.g. KS2 to KS3
  • Pupils at risk of exclusion
  • Pupils with mental health/trauma difficulties
  • Family/social difficulties
  • Poor attendance
  • Literacy/numeracy difficulties
  • Bullying/difficulty with peers
  • Pupils with complex needs including ADHD, ASC and Attachment Disorder

What can the Edison Centre offer?

  • 6 week intervention programme with additional pre-assessment & reintegration opportunities
  • Support in a small group
  • Highly trained, specialist teaching and TA input
  • Access to trained therapists as part of a multi-agency approach
  • Input from PSA
  • Access to partner organisations, e.g. Routeways and Plymouth Parkour
  • Theme based learning in core and foundation subjects through STEM
  • Access to the broader curriculum encompassing music, art and PSHE, which provides holistic support and promotes resilience
  • A 4 week parenting group for the parents/carers of each child
  • CPD for accompanying staff in areas such as environment, therapeutic support and communication.

Referral forms and more information about the Edison Centre can be found on our website.


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Age range
  • Early Years - 0 to 5 years
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Needs level
  • Medium
  • High
  • Provision type
  • Specialist
  • Targeted

  • Many of our pupils will have suffered ACEs and traumas, or be struggling to cope with social, emotional, mental health, additional and special educational needs. This is when our learners find learning in a mainstream setting challenging and communicate through behaviour. We work hard with our young people to understand what they find challenging, rebuild relationships and improve emotional literacy and understanding so that these pupils can return to school successfully. Our goal is to improve the lives and life chances of the children and families we work with.

    A child can be referred by their school where they will attend for 6 weeks at our Edison or CAST centre. We provide an intensive provision packed with therapeutic interventions, with a bespoke STEM based curriculum and emotionally available adults to model and support pupils in using appropriate emotional literacy. We work with our children to manage emotional regulation positively so their school career is successful.

    Price: Please contact us for information about our costs, but as a rough guide prices circa £1,500 for 6 weeks
    Based: Plymouth

    We are open during term-time only.

    Childcare Type:
    • School
    Age ranges:
    • Junior school - 7 to 11 years
    • Primary school - 5 to 11 years
    Wheelchair access information: Yes
    Dietary needs information: Yes
    Special needs information: Yes

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