Rochdale Nurture Network - Session 3 of 6

  • Suited to a broad range of staffing roles e.g. sencos, pastoral leads, safeguarding leads, inclusion leads etc who have some responsibility for promoting children’s emotional wellbeing

There are Six Principles of Nurture

  • Children's learning is understood developmentally.
  • The classroom offers a safe base.
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing.
  • Language is a vital means of communication.
  • All behaviour is communication.
  • The importance of transition in children's lives.


What are nurture groups?

Nurture groups are evidence-based interventions for groups of between 6 and 12 CYP, run by two members of staff who are trained in evidence-based nurture interventions. The CYP will access the daily intervention alongside maintaining inclusion within their mainstream classes and form groups. Nurture groups can be set up in early years, primary or secondary settings as well as in special needs schools. They offer a short-term, inclusive, targeted intervention for CYP who present with significant SEMH needs. Many of these CYP have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences and subsequent interruptions within their caregiving relationships; resulting in their emotional needs not being consistently responded to. Through the nurture groups, CYP are immersed in an accepting and emotionally warm environment with a focus on developing their positive relationships with both staff and peers. This approach helps replace missing/distorted early nurturing experiences and also supports the development of essential skills such as emotional regulation, communication, self-help and independence and executive skills.


Whole School Nurturing Ethos and Approaches

It is widely recognised that nurturing approaches can be adopted across whole educational settings to supporting wellbeing, behaviour and academic achievement. Through the nurture network, we will support schools to both identify whole school approaches and create a nurturing ethos and also identify students who require more personalised approaches through a Graduated Nurture Approach. We will support schools to map out the tiers of support they can provide to improve CYP’s social emotional wellbeing, ensuring that every child or young person gets the support they require to meet their needs. It is widely accepted that all CYP learn best when they are part of a school community committed to a embedding a universal nurturing ethos.


What will the nurture network programme involve?

There will be half -termly workshops across the academic year, facilitated by members from the Educational Psychology Service and the virtual headteacher.  We are planning to invite outside guest speakers to contribute to some of the workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different specific topic, including:

  • Understanding trauma and attachment and the impact on children’s development
  • The six principles of nurture and creating a whole school nurturing ethos
  • Planning for a graduated nurture approach
  • Emotion Coaching
  • Using nurture principles and relational approaches to develop and enhance existing behaviour policies to create ‘Relationship and Behaviour’ policies
  • Setting up a nurture group in school
  • Assessing SEMH needs and measuring impact
  • Problem-solving casework and sharing good practice


The dates of the 6 workshops for 20/21 are as follows:

Thu 14th Oct– 1-3pm

Thu 18th Nov – 1-3pm

Thu 27th Jan – 1-3pm

Thu 10th Mar – 1-3pm

Thu 5th May – 1-3pm

Thu 7th Jul – 1-3pm

  • Facilitator
  • Venue & Travel Information

Educational Psychology Service & Christopher Tyler (Virtual Headteacher), Rochdale BC

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

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