Nurture groups are school-based interventions that offer specialist support for children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or display other very challenging behaviours. Initially developed as an early years intervention in the 1970s, nurture groups dwindled in the 1980s but have enjoyed something of a renaissance over the last 15 years. There are now more than 1000 nurture groups in the UK, with a growing number of secondary schools adopting nurture groups as a means of enhancing their school-based provision. In this article the ‘classic’ nurture group model is described and research evidence is highlighted. Head teachers and practitioners reflect on the unique aspects of support on offer to secondary schools through the adoption of nurture groups and suggestions are made regarding the way in which the ‘classic’ nurture group model might be adapted and introduced successfully to secondary settings. The Box all Profile is a key assessment tool associated with the identification of those pupils requiring this form of intervention. Assessments along with analysis can be view upon parental request.
We are undergoing change somewhat to the way in which the nurture provision operates from September 2017. It will no longer be a full time class run by a teacher as all students have now been amalgamated back into the main school population. That said, The unit will still operate on a part time basis along with the facility being used for ELSA intervention alongside. The unit will be managed by one of our ELSA’s, Mrs N Malpas.
Please see below for the Nurture Room Timetable 2017/18.