Nurture Groups

Nurture Groups

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 - 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 07 Oct 2016 - Venue  Ilkley Grammar
  • Minutes of 09 Dec 2016 - Venue Knowleswood Primary
  • Minutes of 03 Feb 2017 - Venue Beckfoot Upper Heaton
  • Minutes of 24 Mar 2017 - Venue Oakbank School
  • Minutes of 12 May 2017 - Venue Hollingwood Primary
  • 07 Jul 2017 - Venue Beckfoot Upper Heaton

Minutes for the 15/16 meetings: 17.06.16 / 13.05.16 / 18.03.16 / 05.02.16 / 11.12.15 / 09.10.15

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

Maslow's Hotspots

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

Bradford Nurture Group Photos

The Nurturing Classroom

6 Stages of a Crisis

Example of an excellent 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

Lego Therapy

Schools with established nurture groups that have said they are happy to receive visitors, those marked with a * have the Quality Mark.


Schools, Organisation or Dept


Lisa Hooley

*Brackenhill Primary School

Carolyn Depledge

Hollingwood Primary

Angela Jacques

Home Farm Primary School

Liz Midgley

*Ingrow Primary School

Sannah Malik

*Lapage Primary School

Sherrie Lake

*Lidget Green Primary School

Ros Ryley

*Lower Fields Primary School

Dawn Peacock

*Parkland Primary School


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

Personalised Portable Pupil Profiles

Sara Burgess, Assistant Head with the Behaviour Support Service - Specialist teaching Team Powerpoint presentation and associated handouts entitled "Personalised Portable Pupil Profiles" are available to download here. Some examples of the profiles, suitable for various situations/behaviours, may be downloaded here: 3rd Person Nurture Group; Acting Out; ADHD; Entrenched; Insecure Attachment; Year 1 with Care and Control Plan; blank.


Hollingwood Primary - Busy Bees - Big Arts Day

Hollingwood Primary invited parents into Busy Bees on Big Arts day, the theme was hands. They asked the children to draw round their parents hands and cut them out. They then used the cut out parent hands to form a hive, the parents then drew round the children's hands and we used these to make bees. The older children also thought about what kind things we can do with our hands. They wrote their ideas on their own hand prints, these were added to our display.


Hollingwood Primary

Busy Bees

Nurture Room


Hollingwood Primary - Their nurture room has had a visit from the Children’s Commissioner and Kevin Kibble from National Nurture Network.


Whetley Nurture group sessions. Run by Sam @ theforestclassroom -Video link below

Sam Colman, Contact: Mob: 07891 555049


The National Nurturing Schools Programme

The new programme is based on the six principles of nurture that have successfully underpinned nurture groups for over 40 years but does not replace nurture groups as a more focused intervention for those identified in need of nurture group provision. The National Nurturing Schools Programme is to compliment nurture groups and to also be effective in schools where nurture groups are not possible for whatever reason.

NB all invoices for this programme will come from The Nurture Group Network not CBMDC.

2nd cohort is on

05 and 06 October 2017

If you wish to be added to the list of schools who would like to attend the programme please contact Lynda Hitchen in the first instance. Contact Lynda Hitchen - Tel 01274 439335 / 07582103036

Click here to print information in this


We had a very successful launch to this programme on the 27 Jan and it was well received.

Launch day presentations

Yvonne Monaghan from The National Nurture Group Network - click here

Kathryn Armstrong from Our Lady’s RC Primary, Aspull, Wigan - click here

Luke Robbins-Ross presenting for Michelle Long, Dixons Music Primary “Nurture in practice and the standards agenda”- click here


The programme takes place over a two-year period. Two members of senior staff attend the initial two-day training and induction programme, followed by specific follow-up tasks over the next 12 months and another progress and application day one year after the induction programme.

The school is then assessed against its performance targets within the Nurturing Schools Framework.

The course is a two year commitment and costs £660 plus VAT in the first year and £650 plus VAT in the second year (per school). This is payable to The Nurture Group Network. An invoice will be sent your school.


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