Scottish national conference
16 May 2019

Nurturing creativity for wellbeing


We are delighted to welcome many professionals working to improve and transform the live chances of children and young people throughout Scotland. We look forward to welcoming Margot MacAlister (Head of St Francis Primary, Edinburgh) to speak about a school dance project for improving wellbeing, Peter Bollen (Head of Trinity High School, Glasgow) to speak about the National Nurturing Schools programme in his secondary setting and Gaenor Hardy (Head of Dalmilling Primary, Ayr) to share with us how she implemented the same programme in her primary setting. We are also delighted to welcome Reece Hayes (Young Ambassador, Princes Trust Scotland, TEDxyouthGLA) who will be sharing his story of how he overcame his childhood trauma, transforming his life and now training to become a social worker.


Wendy Roden - NurtureABC (Morning only)

Nurture ABCTM is an inclusive approach to learning. Everyone has something to contribute, everyone gets involved, starting off on the same level - no model is ever wrong. This workshop will follow LEGO® Education’s 4C’s approach to learning and the facilitation approach, and explore traditional uses to engage pupils with the curriculum. It will also look at problem solving, expression and exploration of emotions, and stimulate the imagination of both the practitioners and pupils. The workshop will help enhance skills such as creative thinking and teamwork, with a focus on facilitating a process that enables deeper reflection and constructive dialogue.

Yvonne Monaghan – Emotion Coaching

With increasing numbers of children and young people affected by social, emotional and behavioural difficulties inhibiting their progress and limiting their life chances, nurtureuk developed a range of interventions and support to give disadvantaged children and young people the opportunity to be the best they can be. Emotion coaching can offer an alternative approach to the high control aspects of behaviourism. This is an approach that recognises the need to provide children with opportunities to develop their locus of control, understanding and regulating their own emotions. In this workshop, delegates will explore the Emotion Coaching resource, unpicking the details and showing how they can be put into practice.

Rebecca Annand - Using the arts to promote emotional health and wellbeing at Gilmerton Primary School

At Gilmerton Primary School all pupils have access to room 13 art studio.  In room 13, pupils of all ages are encouraged to be creative, and to think for themselves. Room 13 offers a different kind of creative education: pupils have the freedom to pursue their own interests, rather than a prescribed curriculum.

Our ‘Artist in Residence’, Paul Briginshaw, has worked with a committee of pupils to transform an empty space into a vibrant, cheerful and relaxing art studio: a safe ‘nurturing’ space where they can retreat to if needed during school hours. Pupils are learning creative and life skills, including design, use of colour, painting and mosaic work, independent decision-making, team work, painting and decorating and working to a strict budget.  The young people who are creating the room feel a strong sense of ownership, pride and personal achievement.  Their experiences in Room 13 provide a degree of absorption and respite from the stress they may experience in other areas of school life.

Donna McCahill - A Practical Guide using the Boxall Profile in Secondary Schools (Afternoon only)

For the last ten years, practitioners in Primary Establishments within Inverclyde Authority have used the Boxall Profile to assess, plan and track the progress of pupils’ whose social and emotional difficulties are impacting on their attainment. In session 2017-2018 this initiative was introduced and implemented across all secondary schools, forming a consistent approach for our young people from P1 – S6, with particular focus on enhanced transition stage (P6-S1).

In this workshop, Donna McCahill, Coaching and Modelling Officer for HWB/Nurture (Secondary) will describe the use of Boxall Profile in secondary schools within Inverclyde Authority. She will share the implementation process now in place in relation to collation of personal information, understanding data/profiles and use of targeted supports/strategies pertinent to pupil needs. Examination of how Boxall Profiles can be used to upskill and support a consistent teaching approach will be discussed and how impact is being measured on a day to day basis.

Julie Hall - A practical guide for using the Boxall Profile in Primary Schools (Morning only)

For the last ten years practitioners in Inverclyde have used the Boxall Profile to assess, plan and track the progress of pupils’ whose social and emotional difficulties are impacting on their attainment. In this workshop Julie Hall, Coaching and Modelling Officer for HWB/Nurture will describe the use of the Boxall Profile in schools with and without nurture groups. She will share the experience of long established nurture groups in tracking the progress of pupils and also the use of Boxall Profiles to upskill and support staff, inform pupil progress meetings and support enhanced transitions.

Claire Murray & St. Josephs Primary – Getting creative in Primary with Emotion Works

In this workshop Principal Teacher, Pauline McKibben and Head Teacher, Susan Allan from St Joseph’s Primary, Glasgow will give an account of their Emotion Works journey over the past 3 years with their staff, learners and parent community. They will share how they have delivered Emotion Works activities across all ages and stages of the school alongside regular curriculum learning and nurturing approaches in a variety of creative ways. Examples of learning and impact on the wider school community will be shared to demonstrate how nurture and Emotion Works go hand in hand in Getting it Right for Every Child.

Moira Tierney – A cluster approach to nurture

St Mungo’s Cluster in Falkirk is made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school. As part of the Cluster Improvement plan a working group was set up to look at implementing a common approach to nurture across our cluster. In the first year the working group chose to focus on NP 2 (The classroom offers a safe base) and NP6 (The importance of transition in children’s lives) and share effective practice in these two principles. 

The workshop will highlight some of our common approaches and achievements in NP2 and NP6. In particular we will look at the role of our Cluster Nurture Transition teacher seconded from one of our primary schools to our secondary school.  The role includes bringing primary practice into our secondary school, planning and delivering our s1 Transitional Nurture class programme along with our secondary nurture teacher, delivering a Transitional Literacy Intervention curriculum and carrying out our P6 and P7 primary /secondary transition programme. 

Glynhill Hotel
169 Paisley Road,

United Kingdom
Start time
8:30 am
End time
4:00 pm
Phone: 02034758519
Scottish conference first delegate (includes VAT) £ 114.00
Additional delegate(s) (includes VAT) £ 90.00