Behaviour Specialist Teaching Team - support
Support is available from the Behaviour Support Service - Specialist Teaching Team, Alison Smith - Head of Team, for schools wishing to establish/ develop nurture group provision.
The Specialist Teaching Team are able to offer the following to schools:
- Initial meetings with senior management teams as schools consider nurture group provision
- Whole staff training in the theory & practice of nurture groups
- A link to the National Nurture Group Network and to their staff team
- Information about the 3-day certificate course for nurture group practitioners
- Half-termly support via the local network meetings
- Support for active nurture groups as requested
- Support with on-going training, particularly with the assignment that those completing the certificate course will be undertaking
- Support for schools who are working towards the achievement of the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award
Contact Lynda Hitchen - firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01274 439335 / 07582103036
SEMH bookable course - Click on the link below
Bradford Nurture Group Network
There is an active Bradford Nurture Group Network which links closely with the
National Nurture Group Network
and which meets each half term on Friday mornings 9.30 to 11.00 am at different nurture group venues throughout the city.
The Bradford Network is comprised of primary, secondary and special school representatives who are at various stages of nurture group development - from those who have well established groups that have been running for up to two years, those who have started
in recent months, others who are at the planning stage and who are looking to start their group soon, and others who are at a much earlier stage and who are just beginning to consider whether a nurture group might be right for their school.
The meetings are informal and as well as there being a focus for discussion each time, meetings also offer a chance for schools to offer each other support, to bring along child cases studies for discussion and to have space for sharing and problem solving.
New members are always welcome and information about future meetings should be available through this page or by contacting Lynda Hitchen.
A copy of the minutes of the last meetings are available below. Any handouts from this meeting will be available to download at the foot of the section below containing "relevant information/documents for schools".
Schools are encouraged to join the National Network as a first step to nurture group development in their school and to work towards the achievement of the Marjorie Boxall National Nurture Group Network Quality Mark qualification. Please click
here for link to latest Quaility Mark document.
Dates, venues and minutes for the Network meetings are below.
The meeting times are always 09.30 - 11.00am
Minutes of 13 Oct 2017 - venue - All Saints Primary Bfd
Minutes of 01 Dec 2017 - venue - Beckfoot Upper Heaton
Minutes of 02 Feb 2018 - venue - Steeton Primary
Minutes of 23 Mar 2018 - venue - Marshfield Primary
Minutes 25 May 2018 - venue - Peel Park Primary
06 Jul 2018 - venue - Beckfoot Oakbank School
Meeting dates for 18/19
12 Oct 2018 – Venue – Hollingwood Primary
07 Dec 2018 – Venue - All Saints Primary Bfd
01 Feb 2019 – Venue TBA
29 Mar 2019 – Venue TBA
24 May 2019 – Venue TBA
05 Jul 2019 – Venue TBA
Minutes for the 16/17 meetings:
Minutes 07.10.16 Ilkley Grammar /
Minutes 09.12.16 Knowleswood Primary /
Minutes 03.02.17 Beckfoot Upper Heaton /
Minutes 24.03.17 Oakbank School /
Minutes 12.05.17 Hollingwood Primary /
Minutes 07.07.17 Beckfoot Upper Heaton
Minutes for the 15/16 meetings:
Quotes from schools
“From identifying children's developmental gaps through the Boxall Profile, to enriching children's needs in a comfy, (small) space.
We are providing:
'Magic Mondays' breakfast club in The Nest with children who may spend their weekends with different family members or who need that extra attention in accessing school on a Monday morning. We discuss weekend activities and I prepare them for the week ahead,
explaining any changes to their normal routine.
'Friday Round-Up' does the same but in reverse. We celebrate successes from the week and discuss our plans for the weekend ahead.
Both groups are around the table sharing the breakfast experience!
Regular groups with identified children, show that academic progress can be made when their social and emotional needs are met.
Keeping children in mind and using strategies from Marjorie Boxall, help the nurturing ethos in our school go from strength to strength!"
Gillian Dyson, Pastoral & Learning Mentor, Oxenhope C of E Primary School
The National Nurture Group Network is the most vital link to the Boxall Profile assessment document and all other templates for policies, procedures and good practice and also provides a link
to research articles, relevant publications and to information about the availability of the 3 day certificate course.
The following information/documents are relevant for schools:
Developing a Nurture Group
Nurture Group Operational Guidelines
Glasgow Nurture Group Research updated April 2012
Article related to Glasgow Research
Nurture Group Handbook - Wales
Link to Somerset Nurture Group guidelines:
Ofsted extracts September 2009
Ofsted Nurture Group Report July 2011
Ofsted Nurture Group Research July 2011
Ofsted data for Bradford schools with a Nurture Group
The Nurturing Classroom
6 Stages of a Crisis
Example of an excellent school parental leaflet
Example of an excellent school Nurture Group referral form
Ofsted document - Addition Provision to Manager Behaviour and the Use of Exclusion
"The Effects of Developmental Trauma"
Resource developed from Maslow - rejected and fully developed wall
Readiness for re-integration scale and action planning
Schools with established nurture groups
These schools have said they are happy to receive visitors, those marked with a * have the Quality Mark.
Dixons Music Primary Nurture Group - "Our first graduation!"
A piece of work undertaken looking at the impact of Nurture Groups in Bradford, particularly once they have been running for two years or more. The results are extremely encouraging and show that:
- 69% have shown a reduction in the number of fixed-term exclusions
- 63% have shown a reduction in the number of children who have needed to be referred individually to the Behavoural Emotional Social Difficulties Team
The National Nurturing Schools Programme
For more information please visit
Next cohort to be run in Bradford: 01 and 02 November 2018.
You must book via The Nurture Group Network please email:
We had a very successful launch to this programme on the 27 Jan 17, it was well received.
Launch day presentations
Yvonne Monaghan from The National Nurture Group Network -
Kathryn Armstrong from Our Lady’s RC Primary, Aspull, Wigan -
Luke Robbins-Ross presenting for Michelle Long, Dixons Music Primary “Nurture in practice and the standards agenda”-