An opportunity to join the board of this growing charity!

Nurtureuk is recruiting two new Trustees to join its Board. Candidates must have enthusiasm, leadership skills, a commitment to education and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse and busy Board. In particular, we are seeking candidates with either:

  • Experience and understanding of the growing role of digital technology within UK education and a willingness to provide expert advice and support;


  • Strong understanding of financial management and the challenges of organisational growth.

Who we are

Nurtureuk is working tirelessly to promote access to education for all. With increasing numbers of children and young people affected by social, emotional and behavioural difficulties inhibiting their progress and limiting their life chances, nurtureuk has developed a range of interventions and support to give vulnerable children and young people the opportunity to be the best they can be. Whether it is delivering certified training, supporting whole-school or authority-wide nurturing schools approach or promoting evidence-based research, nurtureuk is providing quality support and resources to make nurturing provision a reality for pupils across the UK and beyond.

What is nurture? 

The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environments – who you’re with, and not who you’re born to – and its significant influence on social emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour. Children and young people who have a good start in life are shown to have significant advantages over those who have experienced missing or distorted early attachments. They tend to do better at school, attend regularly, form more meaningful friendships and are significantly less likely to offend or experience physical or mental health problems.

The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.


Nurture groups were the brainchild of educational psychologist Marjorie Boxall in 1969. Large numbers of young children were entering primary school in Inner London with severe emotional, behavioural and social difficulties, which led to unmanageable rates of referral for placement in special schools or for child guidance treatment. Boxall understood that the difficulties presented by most of these children were a result of impoverished early nurturing, meaning they were not able to make trusting relationships with adults or to respond appropriately to other children. They were not ready to meet the social and intellectual demands of school life, which further damaged their already fragile self-confidence and self-esteem.

Nurtureuk is growing, and has significant ambitions to grow further over the next few years. If you can help us, we’ll warmly welcome your application. 


How to apply

To apply, please complete the expression of interest form. You are welcome to attach a covering letter and/or CV along with the application form. Please email your application to quoting “Trustee” in the subject line.

The closing date is 9am on Monday 15 March 2021.

Members of the nurtureuk Board are available on request to provide further briefing to potential candidates. If you would like to arrange a conversation with a Trustee, please contact with details of your interests and availability.