The International Journal of Nurture in Education

The International Journal for Nurture in Education aims to attract papers that will explore themes related to nurture in education in the context of emotional and mental wellbeing. The Journal presents the most up-to-date research on how nurture principles and practice, in nurture groups and in the whole-school setting, improve the socio-emotional functioning and academic achievement of all children and young people, including the most disadvantaged.

Research demonstrating the effectiveness of nurture groups tends to be spread over publications in differing fields. The International  Journal of Nurture in Education aims to be a focal point to channel all relevant research and findings.

The intended readership for the Journal includes researchers in the field, practising psychologists, special needs practitioners, school leaders, nurture practitioners, consultants and local authority officers and others concerned with school improvement.

Volume 7 (2021) is available here.  

In this issue:

  • Dr Jenny Edmunds reports on what pupils say about their time in nurture group provision.
  • Eilidh Macpherson and Rita Phillips of Robert Gordon University report on Primary teachers’ experiences of the effectiveness of nurture groups on children’s social and emotional skills, academic attainment and behaviour.
  • Dr Susan Davis presents how to support quiet, shy and anxious children in the primary school using a targeted nurturing intervention programme called Special Me Time.
  • Tristan Middleton considers nurture in secondary schools and what recognition there is in OFSTED reports.
  • Dr Elena Kombou and Dr Helena Bunn discuss Nurture Groups and their Staff’s Resilience, and Experiences of Support and Implications for Practice.
  • Dr David Colley and Dr Ruth Seymour present an evidence based guide to opening a successful secondary school nurture group.
  • Ruth Carleton, Dr Amy Nolan, Charlotte Murray and Sandra Menary report on Renfrewshire’s nurturing relationships approach: utilising nurturing approaches to support school staff and pupils during Covid-19.


Volume 6 (2020) - available here:   

  • Sylvia Lucas, one of the pioneers of nurture in Bristish schools, reflects on how much practitioners contributed to the origins of the Boxall Profile.
  • Maura Kearney, Alison Crawford, Cath Jennings, Jenni Kerr and Alison woods, reports further on the development of nurture in Glasgow.
  • Susan Davis, Alex McInch and David Egan report on a facinatin initiative in Wales where schools are working with the local police force on a mini-policing scheme.
  • Andrea Middleton reports on the application of the nurturing approach in a natural contect, linking nurture practice with with the appreciation of nurture.
  • Jean-Yves Bégin, Luc Touchette, Caroline Couture, Cassandre Blais, our nuturing colleagues in Qubec, have engaged with the tricky issue of ensuring that the French language version of the Boxall Profile is effictive in properly identifying students facing difficulties.

Volume 5 (2019) - available here

  • Sylvia Lucas, one of the first nurture practitioners who started running nurture groups in the 1970s, shares her insights into how practitioners contriuted to . Find out more about the origins of nurture. 
  • Maura Kearney and Gail Nowek provide a countrywide perspective and map the development of nurturing approaches across Scotland. 
  • Amy Gibb and Richard Lewis use psychodynamic and attachment theories to map the journey to establish a close relationship between nurture child and practitioner. 
  • Andrea Middleton examines the wellbeing of nurture group practitioners and interventions to support it. 
  • Rebecca Hibbin explores about the importance of positive language and communication for nurturing and restorative approaches. 
  • Michele Crooks, Griselda Kellie-Smith and Andrea Perry provide an overview of the programme Babywatching, a whole-class nurturing intervention to develop children's social and emotional skills.

Volume 4 (2018) - available here

  • Tristan Middleton, Working with children with social, emotional and mental health needs in a nurture group setting: the professional and personal impact
  • Jennifer Burns, Alison MacDonald and Dr Nancy Ferguson, Improving pupils’ perceptions of the learning environment through enhanced nurturing approaches: an evaluation
  • Dr Heather Geddes, Attachment and learning – the links between early experiences and responses in the classroom
  • Christina Symeonidou and Dr Anna Robinson, Scottish teachers’ experiences of the effectiveness of nurture groups in supporting autistic children
  • Dr Florence J. M. Ruby, Social emotional wellbeing of primary school pupils: insights from the Boxall Childhood Project

Volume 3 (2017) - available here

  • Lisa Lyon "A pilot study of the effectiveness of a nurture group in a secondary special school"
  • Jacqueline Perkins "Improving our practice: a small-scale study of a secondary nurture group" 
  • Fiona Durrant "Nurture and youth work: aiding transition"
  • Carol Kennedy "Knitting and nurturing: a qualitative account of staff reflections on knitting with pupils"

Volume 2 (2016) - available here

  • Claire Balisteri, "Nurture groups and teacher-child relationships"
  • Tapo Chimbganda, "Investing in student success through nurturing in universities"
  • Jenny Fraser-Smith and Kirsty Henry, "A systemic evaluation of a nurture group in Scotland"
  • Jo Warin and Rebecca Hibbin, "A study of nurture groups as a window into school relationships"

Volume 1 (2015) - available here

  • Hanna Bennett, "Results of the systematic review on nurture groups' effectiveness”
  • Jessamine Chiappella, "An exploration of outcomes and mechanisms of change in part-time secondary school nurture groups“
  • Tommy MacKay, "Future directions for nurture in education“
  • Ali Pyle and Tina Rae, "Exploring parents' and children's perceptions of nurture groups"
  • Edurne Scott Loinaz, "Comparing nurture group provision to one-to-one counselling"

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