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Nurture Groups in Schools

Nurture Groups in Schools
Principles and Practice

Second Edition

May 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 revises and expands 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

Written in an accessible style this 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. The NGN runs accredited courses at Cambridge University, Leicester University and London University.

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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