Nurture Group

Nurture group takes place in the Nurture pod for both KS1 and KS2 children led by Ms Guthrun.
KS1 takes places on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
KS2 takes place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

What is the purpose of Nurture Group & its Philosophy?

Nurture Group is a small class of pupils (6-8). Its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Group is part of the school's Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children's learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is a place of learning.

The philosophy of the Nurture Room is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by 'The Nurture Group Network' (

The Nurture Group Principles:

• Children's learning is understood developmentally
• The classroom offers a safe base
• All behaviour is communication
• The importance of transition in children's lives
• Has an adult/child ration of 1:3, and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
• Builds a child's self-esteem and confidence
• Builds skills for classroom learning
• Has daily crafts, games, a 'mini-tea' and more!
• Language is a vital means of communication

Before children attend nurture provision parents are informed by letter and requested to sign a permission slip.
Which children attend Nurture Group?

Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:

• Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
• Quiet, shy, withdrawn
• Find it hard to listen to others or join in
• Disruptive towards others
• Find it hard to accept losing a game
• Find it hard to share and take turns
• Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
• Bullying
• Low self esteem
• Poor relationships with adults in school
• Bereavement
• Family illness or break-up

How will Nurture Group help my child?

Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:

• To join in
• To settle
• To listen
• To concentrate
• To share and take turns
• To accept losing a game
• To build up friendships with their classmates
• It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.

Are parents/carers involved?

Yes, we encourage parents/carers to attend Nuture open afternoons that take place at the end of every term. Here you will have the opportunity to discuss your child and the progress that they are making from attending valuable Nurture Group sessions.

An afternoon in Nurture Group

Nurture Group sessions are planned and assessed using Boxall and the B Squared PSHE objectives. Children follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children which includes group listening and speaking, work tasks, individual and shared play and social skills. The group runs on consistency, positive reinforcement and praise.

A typical afternoon session for the Nurture Group is:

• Relaxation (peer massage, colouring, story, listening to music)
• News time (each child can share their news from the week)
• Task (related to Squared objectives)
• Snack (encourage children to eat healthy snacks around the table with good manners)
• Free Choice
• Story (to relax children ready to go back to class)