“A worthwhile book full of useful ideas and resources for nurture group practitioners. Simon Bishop is a skilled practitioner, and he links his contemporary, practical experience to the wider range of ideas and thinking that inform and underpin nurture group work in a helpful and accessible style.”—Jim Rose, DirectorThe Nurture Group Network Setting up and running a nurture group in your school is an effective way to improve the quality of educational services for every child, not just those with special educational needs. This practical book offers a clear structure for making a nurture group work and provides tried-and-tested reproducible resources to support the whole process. The author explains how and why nurture groups work and:Demonstrates how nurture groups benefit young children's social, emotional, and educational developmentGives practical advice on setting up and running a nurture groupExplains how to assess and monitor student progressProvides materials for leading staff development sessionsOffers photocopiable resources on an accompanying CD-ROMAn inspirational read for all teachers and support staff, Running a Nurture Group will appeal to anyone working with young children who have emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Staff Training

Staff training

This Chapter Covers

  • a brief history of nurture groups
  • key research on the effectiveness of nurture groups
  • accredited training by the Nurture Group Network
  • delivering nurture group training in school
  • a Kaleidoscope nurture group timeline
  • common problems and questions
  • PowerPoint presentations on nurture group principles and practice.

A Brief History of Nurture Groups

Nurture groups were started in London in 1969 by Marjorie Boxall. In 1978, the Warnock Report stated ‘Among compensatory measures which may be taken we have been impressed by the “nurture groups” which have been started in a number of primary schools in London for children approaching or over the age of five who are socially and emotionally affected by severe deprivation in early childhood’ (Warnock, 1978: 5, 30). Official recognition ...

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