Nurture is a proven method of connecting with children, fostering crucial social skills, confidence, and self-esteem, and preparing them for learning. The nurturing approach emphasises the impact of social environments and relationships over birth circumstances, which is why it’s so important to involve the whole school, and whole class. This provides opportunities for children to address missed early nurturing experiences, equipping them with the social and emotional skills essential for their success in school and relationships at school. It instills pride in their achievements and addresses social and emotional needs that often cause barriers to learning.
Nurture strategies in schools could include:
• Making time for social and emotional learning, either during targeted PSHE lessons or by embedding it throughout the curriculum.
• Giving pupils the opportunity to practise their social and emotional skills, for example by encouraging them to work in pairs and groups.
• Modelling good social and emotional skills themselves, when interacting with pupils and other staff members.
• Monitoring the social and emotional wellbeing of the whole class, using assessment tools like The Boxall Profile®.