Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Nurture Group

What is a Nurture Group?
Nurture groups are an in-school, adult-led psychosocial intervention of groups of less than 12 students that effectively replace missing or distorted early nurturing experiences for both children and young adults; they achieve this by immersing students in an accepting and warm environment which helps develop positive relationships with both teachers and peers.

Nurture groups are developed around six principles of nurture:


  • Learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in the lives of children and young people

We have had a Nurture Group at Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace since September 2015 and have seen significant positive developments in the children we work with. Our sessions run 5 afternoons a week and our nurture graduates are free to return one afternoon a week if they wish. We have seen significant improvements in attendance and reduced exclusions, as well as an increased love of school, confidence, attainment and self-esteem. Whole-school planning is integral to the success of our nurture group and we have weekly meetings with class teachers where progress is discussed and targets can be reassessed.

If you would like to read more about Nurture Groups you can download The Nurture Group Network’s handbook by clicking here.