"The pace was excellent. There was a good balance of knowledge, theory and practical examples" - Online Delegate

"Considering our training was delivered online over Zoom, I found it very informative and time and content very thoroughly covered at an appropriate pace. Our trainer was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions as well as allowing for group discussion. It has really motivated me and I feel much more ready to take on my new role as nurture teacher." - Online Delegate

Nurture Groups are founded on evidence-based practices and offer a short-term, inclusive, focused intervention that works in the long term. They consist in assessing social and emotional needs, and give the necessary help to remove the barriers to learning. Nurture Groups as an intervention have been working successfully for 50 years and have been praised, supported and recommended by organisations such as Ofsted, Estyn and HMIE.  

Course Overview

The training course focuses on the theory of nurture and the significance of good practice.

Nurture Principles
- The relevance of early childhood experiences on the learning, development and wellbeing of children and young people;
- The significance of attachment theory and neuroscience for nurture practice;
- Consideration and reflection on how attachment theory and neuroscience underpin the six principles of nurture and nurture practice.
The Boxall Profile
The training provides knowledge of the underpinning theory of the Boxall Profile and practical application. This includes the completion of assessments, interpretation, and planning. As part of the course, you will be given a copy of the Boxall Profile or Boxall Profile for Young People Handbook and a copy of Beyond the Boxall Profile or Beyond the Boxall Profile for Young People Strategies and Resources.
The Assignment
Upon completion of the three days of training, delegates are eligible to undertake and submit their assignment. They will receive guidance materials to support them. The assignment needs to be completed and submitted within a twelve-month period after completion of the training.


'The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups' training course is credit rated by the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 8.
Upon submission and gaining at least a pass grade for their assignment, delegates who undertake the SCQF credit rated 'Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups' course will gain 13 SCQF points.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for those who wish to establish a nurture group. It is also useful for educators who are working with or who come in contact with children with behavioural, emotional and/or social and developmental needs, as well as promoting a whole organisation “nurturing” ethos. There is no pre-requisite to take this course.

Key Information

Duration: 3 days
Time: 9:00 - 16:00 (unless stated otherwise)
Fee: £599 per person excl. VAT
Format: in-person or online
Group size: 20 in-person, 10-12 online
Please note that online delivery will be conducted via Zoom. It is preferable for you to participate individually in a quiet space, where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Depending on your workplace’s security system, you might also find it tricky to access Zoom, in which case we recommend accessing the course from home (or any alternative location). 

You might also be interested in...

• Top tips for assignment support
• Are you ready to submit your assignment?
• Key components for effective nurture provision
• Applying for the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award
• Nurture Groups in School and at Home
• Nurture Groups in Schools: Principles and Practice
• Establishing a Secondary Nurture Group
• Attachment for Teachers
If you are interested in receiving training this summer term, please complete this registration of interest form.

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