This publication is designed to stimulate debate on nurture groups in primary schools. It is part of a series of reports which is intended to promote improvements in Scottish education by illustrating effective practice, raising current issues, and stimulating reflection and debate. Another important purpose is to relate existing pedagogy and curricular provision to the aspirations of Curriculum for Excellence.
This report is based on evidence obtained from:
- information gathered during the period 2006-2008 from general inspection visits where a nurture class, group or approach was being used;
- questionnaires received from a number of EAs across Scotland;
- detailed, structured interviews with senior staff in six education authorities;
- EAs which had adopted nurturing approaches in their schools;
- visits to schools with nurture groups which had been recommended by education authorities during 2007-2008; and
- observation of children on split placement in both their mainstream school and within their off-site provision.
Inspectors focused on the quality of learners’ experiences, their attainment and achievements and how well their needs were met by the nurturing approach. Three case studies describing good practice are provided at the end of this report1. In addition, hyperlinks to inspection reports with good practice entries in reports or on the HMIE good practice website are included.