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Nurture Provision at St Philip’s CE (A) Primary School

 Our Nurture Group:

Our Nurture Group is part of the continued support provided within the school for children with barriers to learning. The room that is used is called The Pod.

A Nurture Group is:

  • Is a small class
  • Provides a safe, predictable and structured environment
  • Provides a modified curriculum in a supportive, caring environment

6 Principles of a Nurture Group:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem
  • Language is understood as a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communication
  • Transitions are significant in the lives of children

Our Aims:

    • to provide a small-scale setting in which children can experience nurturing care
    • to have a predictable, calm and purposeful environment and timetable, free from curriculum pressures
    • to develop self-esteem and social skills
    • to develop relationships between adults and children, building trust, confidence and reliability
    • to develop responsibility for self and others
    • to help children learn appropriate behaviour
    • to work in partnership with parents/carers and teachers to achieve consistency of approach at home and school
  • to provide regular assessment using the Boxall Profile and Goodman’s Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire (SDQ)

Partnership with Parents and Carers:

At St Philip’s we recognise the importance of involving the parents/carers of children and will inform them of the expectations for them to play a proactive and engaging role whilst their children are involved in the intervention. We will keep parents/carers informed of their child’s progress and provide them with support and advice, ensuring consistency between school and home.

Success Criteria:

At St Philip’s we will deem the Nurture Group a success if we complete the following:

  • We provide positive and manageable sessions
  • What is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour is made clear and understood
  • Any inappropriate behaviour that is spotted with be managed quickly with a reflection taking place regarding the behaviour
  • The sessions provided offer security
  • The activities are tailored for success
  • The children are given unconditional warmth and acceptance
  • The children have greater attention whilst in class
  • The children gain confidence and are more willing to take on new challenges
  • The sense of success enables the children to put more effort into their work
  • The children attending the sessions begin to develop friendships within the group and their classrooms 


Children involved in the Nurture Group at St Philip’s will be assessed using the Boxall Profile as well as school developed observation records following on from a referral from class staff. Once a Boxall Profile has been completed for the child a set of targets will be generated, these will be determined based on the key areas of need identified. Once we have these we shall discuss our findings with the class staff and parents/carers to ensure a consistent approach is used. Pupils progress will be tracked both termly and half termly through observations both in the Nurture Group and the Classroom. This information can then be collated for the child’s annual review where appropriate.

Criteria for Attending the Nurture Group:

There is a criteria which helps the staff at St Philip’s assess if it is appropriate to refer a child for the Nurture Group. Some of the criteria is stated below:

  • Children who appear to be emotionally insecure – which may present as lack of self-acceptance, low self-worth or lack of trust
  • Children who find making/keeping friends difficult
  • Children who appear withdrawn and unresponsive
  • Children who find it difficult to settle into class
  • Children who find change upsetting
  • Children who can be disruptive towards others
  • Children who need to develop positive relationships with adults in school
  • Children experiencing difficulties at home/school as they arise

 The Role of the Adult:

The role of the adults within the Nurture group is to sustain nurturing relationships with the children who attend, ensuring that they demonstrate appropriate and positive behaviour that is consistent and continuous.

Referral Procedure:

  1. Nurture is not a hub for “naughty” children to be sent to.
  2. When a vacancy arises in the Nurture Group, Class Teachers will be invited to put forward suggestions for children they feel will benefit from time in the Nurture Group.
  3. A member of the Nurture Team will complete a class room observation of the child, before then completing a Boxall Profile.
  4. If a decision is made to invite the child to join the Nurture group, a letter is sent home to inform their parents/carers of the offer of a place.
  5. Once the assessment has been completed and parents/carers have agreed for their child to attend, there is a commitment from both the Nurture Team, Class Teacher and Parents/Carers to ensure their child participates in the Nurture Group for a minimum of half a term
  6. Maximum enrolment within the Nurture Group will be three terms


The children who attend the Nurture Group will participate in a range of activities that will aim to develop both their difficulties with social interaction as well as supporting them to develop their academic ability with a curriculum built around these foci. There is a clear timetable in place which is displayed within The Pod, to which all pupils may refer.