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Pupil Development Centre

At Crampton we have the Rainbow Room which is part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education) provision. Its purpose is to promote and support children’s social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children learn best when they have a sense of emotional wellbeing, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Rainbow Room provides children with the opportunity to develop their emotional literacy and communication skills, and so develop resilience. The Rainbow Room is a place of learning.


The ethos of the Rainbow Room is drawn from the principles of nurture groups ( and Southwark Pupil Development Centres ( ) which are adapted to suit the particular needs of the children at Crampton School. They include:

  • Children’s emotional learning is a developmental process
  • The acquisition of language and vocabulary to articulate feelings is vital
  • All behaviour is communication
  • Children are given opportunities to set the agenda in the Rainbow Room within a safe physical and emotional environment

Which children attend the Rainbow Room?

It is envisaged that at some time during their time at Crampton School most children will benefit from attending the Rainbow Room at one time or another. They will work with other children and an adult in a group of 4 or 5, or individually for 30 – 40 minutes per week. Groups are made up of a balanced cross-section of personalities, including positive role models.

A smaller number of children may be targeted because of particular concerns. These children are identified through discussion with teachers, support staff and parents/carers. These targeted children may attend sessions in the Rainbow Room for more specific reasons, for example:

  • Friendship difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor behaviour, poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up
  • Liaison with parents

The Rainbow Room is part of the School’s regular PSHCE and Inclusion provision and parents/carers will not normally be notified when their child is taking part in Rainbow Room sessions.

If school staff have a particular concern or worry about a child this is normally shared and discussed with parents/carers as soon as possible.

The School is always willing to discuss any concerns or worries parents/carers may have about their child’s attendance at Rainbow Room sessions.

Activities in the Rainbow Room

Children take part in activities in the Rainbow Room that are designed to:

  • Create a safe an open environment for children to express themselves and their feelings, for example:
  • Role play and imaginative play with soft toys, animals, real world etc.
  • Drawing, dough, jewellery making and other art activities
  • Informal performance activities (songs, dances)
  • Give children the opportunity to develop and use emotional vocabulary, for example:
    • Circle Time
    • Role plays with puppets
    • Card games exploring feelings
  • Model positive social interactions, for example:
    • Group discussions
    • Role plays
    • Positive role models
    • Specially devised board games such as Time to Talk, No More Bullies, The Good Behaviour Game, Conflict Resolution.

Do children miss important class work when they attend the Rainbow Room?

When children join any small group activities outside the classroom with additional adults the school will always try to minimise any impact on learning.

Rainbow Room sessions do not normally take place at times when the children are learning literacy or numeracy, or when special activities are taking place in their class.

Children’s comments about the Rainbow Room

"It helps me feel better."
"I feel safe here."
"I come here to tell you what I want to tell you."
"It helps me with playing and sharing."
"I can get things clearer in my head."
"When I’m angry you help me."
"If someone needs help they can come and tell you what’s going on."
"When we are talking I can be myself."
"I love that room because I have fun in here and I feel safe."