Courses and Curriculum


The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environment and its significant influence on social emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour.  Children and young people who have had a good start in life are shown to have significant advantage over those who have experienced missing or distorted early attachments.  They tend to do better at school, attend regularly, form more meaningful friendships and are significantly less likely to offend or experience physical or mental health problems. 


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


Nurture groups are classes of between six and eight young people. Each group is ideally run by two members of staff.  Children attend nurture groups but remain an active part of their mainstream education.  They spend an appropriate time within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms.

Removing Barriers to Learning

Nurture groups assess learning and social and emotional needs and give the necessary help to remove barriers to learning.  There is great emphasis on language development and communication.  As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and achieving. 

A Boxall Profile will be completed for any pupils who have been referred to Nurture.

SQA Mental Health and Wellbeing Award 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Award SCQF levels 4 and 5 aims to reduce stigma surrounding mental health by  

Unit 1 - Understanding Mental Health 

Unit 2 - Influences on Mental Health

Unit 3 - Coping Strategies & Resilience

Senior pupils work towards this award in PSED classes. 

Find out more here.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)

The Curricium for Excellence (CfE) has Health and Wellbeing as one of its eight topics for schools to teach. As a subject, Health and Wellbeing has six parts:

Young people study all six of these organisers no matter what education phase they’re in. What they will learn depends on their age and phase of learning. 

Living Life To The Full

Living Life to the Full is an 8 week programme covered over two periods per week which can help young people make a difference to their lives.  The programme uses an approach based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which focuses on thinking and behaviour.

Young people learn how to sort out their feelings when they feel low, worried or hopeless and will learn skills that help them tackle problems in their lives.  They will learn to:

It is suitable for pupils who are feeling low, worried or hopeless, pupils who are feeling slightly anxious and pupils who find it difficult to control their anger response. 

Seasons For Growth

Seasons for Growth is an 8 week programme covered over two periods per week for pupils who have suffered loss in their lives whether it be through bereavement or family separation.  Worden’s Tasks of Grief form the basis of the programme.  

Each of the four tasks is outlined below:

The programme uses the imagery of the seasons which illustrate that grief is cyclical; there is no end point, and while some days will be summery and light others will feel cold, dark and wintry.

It is suitable for pupils who have suffered loss in their lives whether it is through bereavement or family separation.