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National Nurturing Schools Programme

The National Nurturing Schools Programme is a programme that allows staff to develop and embed a nurturing culture throughout their schools, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children, all by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole-school environment. Highburton CE (VC) First School are working towards the award and are embedding the principles of nurture throughout the whole school. We hope to gain recognition for achieving a high level of nurturing provision from  The National Nurturing School Programme. The programme is based on the six principles of nurture that have successfully underpinned nurture groups for over 40 years.

Who benefits?

  • Pupils benefit – from the approach that supports them in their specific needs while delivering teaching and learning in a way that all can access. The pupil is at the heart of the school focus and their learning is understood developmentally.  
  • Parents benefit – from being involved and welcomed in school, in seeing the improvement in children’s learning, behaviour, confidence and attendance. A better outcome for their children, both in and out of the school and classroom.  
  • Teachers benefit – from a renewed focus on their pupils and a culture change where every voice counts. A more balanced measure of outcomes for individual pupils ensues.  
  • School benefit – from showing our commitment to developing an ethos and culture that is inclusive and supports everyone in and associated with the school  
  • Communities benefit – from having a school that wants to be at the heart of the community and demonstrates its central role in children and young people’s lives.


The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children to engage if missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.

The 6 Principles of Nurture

  1. Children's learning is understood developmentally  
  2. The classroom offers a safe base  
  3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing  
  4. Language is a vital means of communication  
  5. All behaviour is communication  
  6. The importance of transition in children's lives

National Nurturing Schools Programme Information 

Nurture Leaflet-What is the National Nurturing Schools Programme?

National Nurturing Assessment Report

National Nurturing Assessment Report

Nurture Room

Here are a few photographs of our Nurture Room. This is where we run interventions, both emotional and academic and where sometimes children like to come when either upset or to self regulate.