NGN's approach to research & evidence

15 October 2017 - Dr Marianne Coleman (trustee) 

The Nurture Group Network exists to bring a nurturing education to as many children as possible. One of the ways in which we do this is by promoting and supporting quality research on nurture in education. Why is research important and how does NGN engage with research? There are five reasons.

1. We rely on the evidence that can only come from research to show how effective nurture can be. We need to show evidence of the effectiveness of nurture to politicians and all those who control the purse strings in the country, in the local authority and in each school. Take a look at the NGN website to read more about the evidence available on nurture.

2. Findings from research are fed into the training and the resources that NGN provides, so that they remain up-to-date and relevant for practitioners.

3. Where there are gaps in knowledge about how nurture works, research can help to fill those in. NGN is here to support practitioners and researchers conduct their projects on nurture-related topics. Get in touch with our research Dr Florence Ruby if you need any advice!

4. We encourage practitioner research which is an important way of improving practice in nurture groups and schools. For example the most recent edition of the International Journal of Nurture in Education featured articles based on the research of practitioners.

5. We share the outcomes of research on nurture in different ways eg through the journal, at conferences and on social media. Research can only have an impact if people know about it.

If you want to know more about NGN’s approach to research get in touch with Dr Florence Ruby at