Our policy work

We’ve spent decades working to influence the education agenda, and we’re excited that 2022 will see a renewed focus on this area of our work. 
We’re going to be talking to politicians and policy-makers across the UK, presenting the evidence for nurture’s success in tackling some of today’s biggest issues in education and social exclusion. 

What do we want?

It’s simple: we want governments to adopt a nurture approach for the education of every child and young person in the UK. This means: 
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Recognising that nurture is integral to addressing pupils’ social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.

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Recognising that nurture is a key part of the solution to school exclusions, and reflecting this in government guidance, policy and regulatory frameworks.

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Making nurture a key part of all teacher training programmes and mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who are already qualified.

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Providing funding for UK schools to implement a whole school approach to nurture. 

 

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Why is this so important?

Today, ever more children and young people are affected by social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that hinder their progress and limit their life chances.

We also know that in our current education system, a huge proportion of students are not receiving the support they need to thrive, due to a lack of awareness, funding and suitable training.

No child left behind

The problem is particularly acute for disadvantaged pupils: without the right support at school, they can fall into cycles of low achievement, develop behavioural difficulties, and are put at greater risk of school exclusion. 

We believe that every child should be supported to make the most of their education, and that an unequal start in life shouldn’t mean an unequal chance to learn. 

The diagram on the right is from our Now You See Us report.

A graph showing SEMH support for school children
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Why is nurture the solution?

We’ve spent over 50 years developing tools and resources that remove students’ barriers to learning and help them to be the best they can be. 

There is strong academic evidence that this approach works: nurture groups, nurturing schools and the Boxall Profile® enable teachers to identify and address pupils’ needs and provide them the skills and resilience they need to thrive both in school and beyond.

Policy news

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An important step in the right direction – new behaviour guidance is a welcome shift

New guidance that highlights the importance of a whole school approach to behaviour is now in force in schools in England.  The advice, published by the Department for Education (DfE),…
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The importance of a whole school approach – welcoming new guidelines on wellbeing in education.

New guidelines on wellbeing in education have highlighted the need for a whole school approach to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH).  The guidelines have been published by the National…
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Supporting all young children to succeed at school: nurtureuk responds to COYL report

A series of stories about young children being repeatedly failed by the education system make for some shocking reading. The tales have been included in a vital new report launched…
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Nurtureuk and SafeLives help to increase knowledge of domestic abuse in schools

On Wednesday 27 April, nurtureuk invited SafeLives to join a networking event as part of our Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) programme.  SafeLives is a leading UK charity dedicated to ending…
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Nurtureuk and RoadWorks LDN collaborate to help tackle social exclusion

We are delighted to be working with RoadWorks LDN as part of our Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) programme.  RoadWorks LDN aims to tackle social exclusion and reduce serious youth violence…
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Nurtureuk launches manifesto for inclusive education

We believe in an inclusive education system. Currently pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs are more likely to be excluded and are often unable to achieve their full…