The Outstanding Contribution to Nurture Award

For Summer School 2019 we'd like to present an award to another worthy recipient and like last year, you'll put forward your nominations for our judging panel to pick the winner.  

The winning nomination from 2018 was made by Suzanne Meikle-Janney for Janet Stuart (Head of Nurture for Derbyshire Nurture Team) and here is Suzanne’s submission:

"In Derbyshire we have been running nurture groups since 1999 and Janet and I were there at the start. After completing our NG training at Cambridge in 2000, and meeting Marion Bennathan, we were hooked and have not looked back since.

Under the guidance of our Head of Service and a very experienced nurture teacher (who had both worked in Derby City at a long-standing nurture unit), Janet helped to develop a unique nurture model in Derbyshire.

As Derbyshire is challenging geographically it was decided that rather than children come to nurture, nurture should come to the children at their school. The travelling model was born.

Our model is to go to a school, after consultation with the headteacher, BST, EP etc, and set up a part time nurture group. This would be run by a teacher and teaching assistant from our team and would typically be for 3 afternoons a week for the duration of a school term (approx. 12 weeks). Nurture staff are then able to work closely with the school and parents during that time to fully support the pupils. School staff can work/train alongside our staff so that they can carry on the provision when the placement ends.

So far we have visited over 200 schools and have 90+ nurture groups running in schools across Derbyshire. We have also delivered the National NG training to over 100 delegates, to which Janet has been fundamental to this success.

Not only is she an amazing nurture teacher, but she speaks with such passion, commitment, and warmth, that when she visits schools/agencies/universities/conferences etc. people are captivated and inspired."

The Outstanding Contributions to Nurture Award is for an individual who, over a sustained period of time, has shaped the nurture in education community and practice through their actions, leadership or intellect.

This award will be made to the recipient who, in the opinion of the nurtureuk judging panel, has made a profound and lasting contribution to the world of nurture in education, and whose conduct and character enjoy the esteem and admiration of colleagues in the sector.

The individual must have had a long, professional career in the education sector spanning 10 years or more, during which time they will have championed nurture, nurture groups, nurturing schools or other nurture-linked practice that has supported children or young people with SEBD/SEMH.

If you'd like to nominate someone you think has made an outstanding contribution to nurture, you have two routes to do this; you can fill in the  Google Form we've created or use the Word document .

The window for nominations closes on April 5th 2019 and the winner will be announced at the Summer School in August of this year.