Celebrating Nurture in Schools in Scottish Parliament

30 October 2017

The Nurture Group Network hosted an event in the Scottish Parliament on the evening of Wednesday 25th October. The event hosted by Stuart McMillan MSP, celebrating Nurture in Schools in Scotland, focused on effective nurturing interventions demonstrated by pupils of local school, St Francis’ Primary School.

The event aimed to bring nurture in Scottish Parliament and re-created a nurture group for MSPs and guests to take part in. All nurture interventions were demonstrated by nurture pupils from St Francis Primary School, showcasing the importance of sensory activities, exploring feelings and Nurture snack.

At the event, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney reinforced the message that wellbeing needs to be given centrality in education and that the ‘nurturing approach is an integral part of ensuring that young people’s wellbeing is supported in schools’. He was joined by St Francis’ Primary Schools headteacher, Margot MacAlister who emphasised the difference the nurture approach has made to the wellbeing of all the pupils and staff in school. 

Kevin Kibble, CEO of Nurture Group Network, said he was proud of all the Scottish practitioners from Shetland to Dumfries who focused on ensuring their practice was nurturing and congratulated the forward-thinking individuals in local authorities that have partnered with NGN and hopes to see momentum continue to build across Scotland.