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Primary teachers' experiences of the effectiveness of nurture groups on children's social and emotional skills, academic attainment and behaviour.

Macpherson, Eilidh; Phillips, Rita

Authors

Eilidh Macpherson



Abstract

Current research suggests that nurture groups are an effective psychosocial intervention to support children and young people with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. However, to date research has not examined teachers’ personal opinions of nurture groups’ effectiveness. The present study addresses this gap in knowledge by exploring teachers’ perceptions of the nurture groups’ effectiveness on social, emotional skills, behaviour and attainment. A total of 12 primary school teachers were recruited and interviewed with a semi-structured interview schedule. The thematic analysis of the transcribed narrative accounts indicate that teachers notice a positive effect of the nurture groups on children’s social and emotional skills and behaviour. Specifically, with developed emotional understanding and regulation, the children’s social and behavioural functioning improved. While the nurture group was not characterised as directly improving attainment, academic skills were improved through developed engagement, independence and self-efficacy. Implications for future research and practice were highlighted. This included the need for early pupil identification by a trained practitioner, as well as the potential negative impact of recent funding cuts on nurture groups’ efficacy. Further research into these is suggested, alongside research into pupil attachments, self-concept and the long-term outcomes of nurture group intervention on attainment.

Citation

MACPHERSON, E. and PHILLIPS, R. 2021. Primary teachers' experiences of the effectiveness of nurture groups on children's social and emotional skills, academic attainment and behaviour. International journal of nurture in education [online], 7(Summer), pages 15-26. Available from: https://www.nurtureuk.org/sites/default/files/the_international_journal_of_nurture_in_education_-_volume_7.pdf

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 24, 2021
Online Publication Date Jul 18, 2021
Publication Date Aug 31, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 29, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 19, 2022
Journal International journal of nurture in education
Electronic ISSN 2059-0466
Publisher Nurtureuk
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue Summer
Pages 15-26
Keywords Nurture; Primary school; SEBD; Teachers' experiences
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1395721
Publisher URL https://www.nurtureuk.org/sites/default/files/the_international_journal_of_nurture_in_education_-_volume_7.pdf