Scottish Regional Mini Meet

Thursday 31st August 2017

Laichmoray Hotel, Maisondieu Rd, Elgin IV30 1QR

9am - 3pm 

£95 + VAT

*Limited places*

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Come and learn about Boxall nurture groups, how they transform lives, and see why they are achieving such acclaim from teachers, parents, pupils, educationalists and more. 

Who we are

The Nurture Group Network (NGN) is a charity aiming to break cycles of low achievement by ensuring that an unequal start in life does not mean an unequal chance to engage with learning. NGN works to promote the use of nurturing principles in education, ensuring that every disadvantaged or disengaged child has access to a nurturing intervention allowing them to develop the skills and resilience they need to make the most of learning and school.

What we do

Early intervention – We help thousands of nurture groups in schools across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland develop children’s and young people’s social and emotional skills, build resilience and help form healthy attachments to schools.

Training & consultancy – We deliver training and consultancy support to teachers and schools applying nurturing principles across their work.

Awareness – We organise conferences and campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of nurture, motivating practitioners and policy makers to apply nurturing principles.

Impact & evidence – We gather, analyse and use evidence to evaluate and improve the nurturing approach.

If you are unfamiliar with Nurture Groups, take a look at the 'what we do' section, to see what teachers, parents and pupils big and small have to say about them. See quotes straight from the heart of those who have benefited from Nurture Groups and understand more fully how they could help you and your pupils.

Who should attend?

The conference is open to nurture staff, education staff, health staff, social workers, foster or kinship carers, police, policy makers, family support workers and all who are interested in effectively supporting vulnerable children and their families.This event is suitable for early years, primary, secondary and ASN practitioners who wish to learn more about nurturing approaches or refresh their existing knowledge.

Morning Session

Kirsten Mann - Attachment difficulties and the six nurture principles

Led by NGN's Scottish National trainer and consultant, Kirsten Mann, the morning session will address how attachment experiences and trauma can impact on learning and consider how to address the needs of learners through the six nurture principles. This is an exciting opportunity for practitioners and school leaders to find out more about how to adopt nurturing approaches both at whole school and class level. Kirsten will discuss the nurture principles and how they can be implemented throughout the whole school to support both staff and pupils. Kirsten will also discuss how attachment issues can be addressed in a more intimate classroom setting, equipping delegates with the knowledge base to further understand their pupils and the individual needs of the children in their care.  


Afternoon Workshops (Delegates may attend two of the three listed workshops)

Claire Murray - Emotion Works

This workshop will provide an overview of the Emotion Works programme as a curriculum for emotional learning and literacy, and also as a framework to support more focused interventions for children and young people with a range of support needs. In the context of this conference, we will take a particular look at how Emotion Works can contribute to nurturing environments and practices, while developing emotional language and awareness for longer term mental health and wellbeing. Some case examples will be shared to help bring the approach to life, and there will be an opportunity for you to try out some of our learning and communication tools for learners across different ages and stages of development.

Helen Stollery - The Wellbeing Toolkit for professionals

Helen joined the Nurture Group Network as a National Training Officer in September 2007 and is now the Head of Training. She comes from a teaching background, working as a mainstream teacher for some time. Whilst teaching, she set up and ran a nurture group within an infant school.

Wellbeing in schools is a fundamental prerequisite for healthy and productive quality teaching and learning. Both children and teachers need to be supported, fit and well to be inspired and inspiring. This workshop is an introduction to the Wellbeing Toolkit 2, which is a programme of professional development to promote and maintain resilience and personal effectiveness. The 20 sessions in this toolkit aim to provide the necessary resources to enable staff to enhance their own wellbeing. Each of the key topics provide a package of training and resources that include information leaflets, strategies, skills-based activities and a power point presentation.

Liz Fitzpatrick - A whole school inclusive approach to nurture, wellbeing and skills development

Liz has a military and health background serving in army hospitals in the UK as well as Hong Kong and the NHS. Due to her son’s Cerebral Palsy she felt her skills and campaigning work were best suited to improving children’s awareness of themselves and others through their educational experiences. She believes that everyone has something to offer no matter their starting point in life or levels of support they require. We all have the capacity to be the best that we can be and be motivated to lead a full, productive and meaningful life. Liz is a highly motivated, campaigner, mother and business woman who has directed Playback ICE and the Playback Trust since their inception in 1998. Liz will present an overview of how schools have been using her health and wellbeing curricular model in Scottish schools.She will present a sample of flexible, progressive lesson plans that support pupils in their social and emotional wellbeing and skills development and will show how these lessons encourage pupils to be involved in learning about who they are, where they are going and who can support them. The presentation will demonstrate how appropriate inclusive materials can support children’s knowledge of themselves in the context of their family, class, school, their local and national communities and how they view the wider world as well as supporting their emotional wellbeing and skills development. 



9.00-9.30 am - Arrival/registration

9.30-10.45am - Kirsten Mann - Attachment difficulties and the six nurture principles

10.45-11.15am - Break

11.15-12.15pm - Workshops

12.15-1.15pm - Lunch

1.15-2.15pm Workshop

2.15-2.30pm Break

2.30 -3.00pm - Latest research update

3.00-3.15 pm - Closing remarks

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