The Nurture Group in St Michael’s CE Primary School is run by Abbie Stickland and Alicia Hughes who are directly accountable to Nick Wills (SENCo)
‘Joining the pieces together to help children reach their full potential’
What are nurture groups?
Nurture groups were started in London in 1969 by Marjorie Boxall, an educational psychologist employed by the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). The groups spread rapidly and quickly gained official approval, demonstrated by the highly influential ‘Warnock’ report, 1978. Presently, Nurture groups are an integral part of many primary and secondary schools all across the United Kingdom , helping children to develop and reach their full potential.
What does a nurture group do?
The children come out of their class for four afternoons per week where they enjoy structured activities to enhance their academic learning alongside their emotional literacy.
The adults’ role is to ascertain any gaps in development, to engage with the children at the stage they have reached and to offer emotional acceptance and focused teaching.