Nicola McAllister

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Nicola is an Associate Consultant Trainer who is currently working on the NNSP Kent Project. She specialises in child development and behaviour which combines attachment led, trauma responsive and self-regulatory approaches. She has over 25 years’ experience working with some of our most vulnerable children and young people while providing training, consulting and coaching services to those adults who support them.

Nicola’s background is in Education, she has taught within mainstream settings as well as specialist provisions for children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and multiple barriers to learning. She has also worked as an Education Advisor within the Foster Care sector. Her training and consultancy work has branched across several disciplines including education, early years, skills development, fostering and adoption teams, and supporting parents and carers at home.


Sarah Norwood

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Sarah began her career in the primary classroom, with a particular interest in child led learning and a holistic approach to education. Her roles have included class teacher, PSHE lead, outdoor learning lead, early year co-ordinator and SLT.

During Sarah’s time in primary education she trained as a beach school practitioner and forest school leader. Nature, both in education and in her personal life, remains a real passion for her.

Sarah currently works as a SEMH outreach teacher and wellbeing lead for Thanet, alongside the privileged role of nurtureuk Consultant. Both roles enable Sarah to focus on just how important it is to weave a nurturing approach into everything that we do and everything that we say.

Sarah is a mum to four children and also has two cockapoos in her family. She lives by the sea and are all at their happiest when they are on the beach.

Miranda Collins

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Miranda Collins has worked for nurtureuk as a Consultant since 2018.  She is part of the Inclusion Advisory Team in East Sussex, supporting primary and secondary schools to develop nurture groups or to embed nurture principles and practice throughout the whole school.  Prior to taking these current roles, Miranda was a primary school teacher who, without formal nurture training, prioritised safety, play and wellbeing in her infant classroom and worked to create secure relationships with children and parents.

Her current areas of interest are restorative practices in schools and supporting staff wellbeing through the introduction of structured supervision in schools although nothing tops visiting a classic nurture group (especially at snack time!).


Carrie Thorne

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In 23 years of teaching Carrie has worked in every phase of primary school education and believes that the principles of effective learning are transferable across all age groups, cultures and backgrounds.

Carrie originally trained as a KS2 teacher specialising in Computing, however she has taught every year group from EYFS to Y9. Over the two decades in education she has added ‘creative curriculum lead’, SENCO, assessment co-ordinator, Mentor, Pastoral/ Inclusion Lead, safe guarding lead, assistant and deputy head teacher to the resume. As computing lead she worked collaboratively and internationally linking Bolton schools with Hong Kong schools. As lead nurture teacher she has established nurture classrooms and has managed the environment, staff and children. Carrie expanded her skill set working for several years with the traveller community in education.

With a life-long passion for Eco initiatives, ethical ideas and Inclusive nurturing environments, Carrie led her school with national initiatives in these areas.

Carrie joined as a Consultant for nurtureuk in 2017. She now delivers and assesses the National Nurturing Schools Programme in conjunction with Boxall Profile® training and bespoke consultancy. Carrie’s ethos is nurture permeates all areas of life.

As a daughter, granddaughter, friend, wife, niece and most importantly mother of three daughters nurture is put into practice every single day!

Adele Wilkinson

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Adele has worked as a teacher for over 26 years, across primary, secondary and special settings, most recently as a member of SLT and lead teacher of a nurture group. Adele and her team achieved the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award for their nurture group.

Currently Adele is an Education Consultant/Trainer and is privileged to visit schools (virtually and in person) regularly all over the UK. Specialisms include nurture groups, the Boxall Profile® and a range of nurturing interventions.

She believes passionately in the Six Principles of Nurture, the power and positive outcomes of nurture groups, the whole-school nurture approach and, of course, the Boxall Profile®.

Adele is a mother of two, dog walker, live music gig-goer, proud Northerner and always aims for a glass half-full outlook.

Bev Selway

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Bev’s career from its earliest days in the classroom and then as a strategic leader across Local Authorities in many roles, has always held the whole child at its heart.  This has guided Bev in leading successful teams that both support individual children and help schools develop a range of interventions and projects that have Nurture and Inclusion at their core.

Since January 2017, Bev has been a Consultant and Trainer with nurtureuk. She trains on the 3-day Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups course, the National Nurturing Schools Programme and the Theory and Practice of The Boxall Profile® course. Bev has been a consultant on The Boxall Childhood Project and The Early Years Boxall Project. Alongside this she has offered a wide range of consultancy to schools and settings, led workshops at nurtureuk Summer Schools and represented nurtureuk at conferences.

Claire Hargrave

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Claire is a qualified Primary School Teacher and mother of three, who has worked in London, Birmingham, Staffordshire and Suffolk, most recently as Executive Head Teacher of two Early Years/KS1 Alternative Provisions.

Trained in the Six Principles of Nurture and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Claire has many years of experience of supporting pupils and their adults in educational settings to identify unmet needs and find ways forward.