Nurture Group Census
In July 2015, the Nurture Group Network conducted a UK-wide census of nurture group provision (please click here to view list of schools with nurture groups). The census identified 2114 schools with nurture groups: 1876 in primary schools and 238 in secondary schools.
Nurture group to school ratio
The census found that there is:
1 nurture group for every 14.3 schools in England (1707)
1 nurture group for every 8.3 schools in Scotland (321)
1 nurture group for every 11.8 schools in Wales (144)
1 nurture group for every 45.2 schools in Northern Ireland (35)
Each Local Authority in the UK has a corresponding nurture group to school ratio in the census (highlighted in column R). These ratios are divided into four groups: Green LAs have a nurture group to school ratio of no more than 1:10; Yellow LAs have a nurture group to school ratio of no more than 1:20; Orange LAs have a nurture group to school ratio of no more than 1:29; and Red LAs have a nurture group to school ratio of more than 1:30.
Nurture group provision
The census also took into account three sets of data for each individual school:
- The frequency of nurture group provision: Full time, part time or type 3
- Age: What age group the NG provision is for
- Funding: Whether or not the nurture group is funded by the Local Authority or Central Government
Staff from schools and Local Authorities are encouraged to add/modify/update the information in the census. Right click next to your school/LA and click on 'Insert Comment' - you will have to be logged into a Gmail account to do so). Please follow these strict descriptions to modify the census data:
Full-time provision – The ‘classic’ model. Eight to nine sessions a week for each individual child/young person.
Part-time provision – No less than four sessions a week (for secondary school nurture groups this can be three sessions a week) for each individual child/young person.
Type 3 provision – Three sessions a week or less for primary, two sessions a week or less for secondary. Plus, any other nurture group provision that is missing a key element of the classic model, for instance: Does not use the Boxall Profile, runs the nurture group with only one practitioner etc.
What if our school runs more than one nurture group?
The frequency of provision tries to quantify the provision for each child/young person in your nurture group.
If your school runs more than one nurture group, instead of placing a one (1) in the frequency column (in yellow), change the number to however many nurture groups you are running. For example, if your school runs two part-time groups for different Key Stages/Levels please mark two (2) in the frequency column (in yellow), and add one (1) for each of the Key Stages/Levels covered (in red).
What if my school does not appear on the list?
There will be schools that were missed out in the initial census so please feel free to add your school (in alphabetical order) underneath your Local Authority. Right click next to your LA, click on 'Insert Comment' and write down your school's name, frequency of provision and age group.
What if the data regarding the nurture group provision in our school is wrong?
Please feel free to add and modify the data about your school's nurture provision with the latest information. Right click next to your school's name, click on 'Insert Comment' and write down and update us on the frequency of provision and age group.
For any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org