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Nurture Groups in Schools

Nurture Groups in Schools
Principles and Practice

Second Edition

June 2010 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Unique in its field, the second edition of this respected book continues to underpin teaching in a positive, structured, and proactive manner. Sylvia Lucas has revised and expanded on the original work of Marjorie Boxall. It includes:

  • A new chapter on nurture groups and pedagogy, child development theories and brain research
  • Updated examples such as the Every Child Matters agenda, an inclusive curriculum and schools' responses, 'and a practitioner's physical contact with the child
  • A Case study from an international Nurture Group

This accessible book will be useful to school managers, SENCOs, educational psychologists and teachers and therapists in specialist settings.

Marjorie Boxall originated the concept of nurture groups and was a founding member of the Nurture Group Network. NGN members run accredited courses at Cambridge University, Leicester University and London University. The NGN also runs courses in many Local Authorities.

Sylvia Lucas is a founding member of the Nurture Group Network and now coordinates the work of the University CPD Group. She undertakes a range of consultancy in primary practice and school leadership both in the UK and abroad.


Tony Cline
Preface to the Second Edition
School Expectations  
Children's Difficulties: Their Nature and Origin  
The Basis of Nurture Work: The Teacher's Primary Task  
Earliest Learning: A Summary Chart  
Growth, Not Pathology: The Central Tenet  
The Classic Nurture Group and Some Variants  
40 Years on: New Research and Nurture Groups
The Context  
Developmental Psychology  
Developments in Neuroscience  
The Nurture Group Network  
The Organization of Experience
The Boxall Profile  
Attachment and Support  
Structuring the Way Ahead  
Experiencing Achievement  
The Internalization of Controls
Structure and Organization  
Learning Behaviour: General Guidelines  
Disruptive Behaviour: Nature and Management
Temper Tantrums  
Earliest Learning Experiences
Earliest Needs and Interests: The Nurture Curriculum  
Becoming Independent Learners
An Inclusive Curriculum  
The National Curriculum  
Growth Towards Personal and Social Autonomy  
School and Community Cohesion
Gaining Informed Support  
The Nurture Group's Professional Profile  
Responsibilities and Relationships  
Relationships beyond the School  
Positive Attitudes and Ethos: A Rewarding Experience  
School Improvement: Planning for a Nurture Group
The Appropriate Model  
Preparing an Action Plan  
The Nurture Group Room  
Organizing and Equipping the Room  
Assessment, Record-Keeping and Evaluation
Selection: General Considerations  
Referral, Assessment, Admission and Monitoring Procedures  
Return to the Mainstream Class  

'The use of Nurture Groups is central to an intelligent and effective behaviour strategy. Where they have been used in schools the results have been very encouraging and in my recent behaviour review for the Secretary of State I was keen to support their further development. Children learn how to behave and bad habits are rarely fixed. It is the responsibility of us all to do our best to help our children acquire the skills and attitudes that will enable them to become happy members of society. Inevitably problems will arise. When they do, effective early intervention is essential. This book should be read by all those who work with children and who believe in their potential for success' - Sir Alan Steer

Author of Learning Behaviour - Lessons Learned, D.C.S.F. Behaviour Adviser

Sample Materials & Chapters

Part 1: Introduction to Nurture Groups: 1 - Overview

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