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Nurture Practitioner Lead - Full-time

Northdown Primary School, Margate

  • Ref:KCC886-2009-98S
  • Posted:08/11/2021
  • Pay:KR 5
  • Start Date:January
  • App Close Date:01/12/2021 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Tuesday 7th December


The Governors, staff, pupils, and parents are seeking to appoint an experienced Nurture Practitioner, to work under the guidance of the SENCo/senior staff to provide support for social, emotional, and mental health needs of individuals/groups, through a nurture group approach. This will also include advising class teachers on the provision for meeting SEMH needs within the classroom environment through inclusive teaching practices. 

Nurture practitioners assess learning, social and emotional needs and give the necessary help to remove the barriers to learning. There is great emphasis on language development and communication. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is explained, supported by good role modeling, demonstration, and the use of gestures as appropriate. As the children learn academically and socially, they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.

The ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of the 6 nurture principles as well as experience in using the Boxall Profile screening tool and in using this to form and carry out specific interventions. Experience in supporting children with SEND and SEMH needs is key. 

Key Functions

  • To support the running and establishment of a school nurture group, run on the traditional Boxall Profile model.
  • To plan and facilitate specific well-being interventions, e.g., drawing and talking, Lego therapy, and anger or anxiety management.
  • To lead and maintain positive and enjoyable break times for pupils including organising and participating in physical games and activities alongside others.
  • To contribute to the whole school inclusive ethos, environment, and organisation both practically and as a positive role model for pupils and colleagues

Information about the school

Our aim here at Northdown is to ensure that the academy becomes ‘outstanding’ as soon as possible and for it to become the number one choice for every parent living in Margate and the surrounding areas. The children, parents, staff, governors and our wider community are very proud of our hardworking school which has served our local area for many years. We certainly have a great deal to look back on with pride but we also believe that we should always enthusiastically challenge ourselves to continually enhance the provision for our children as they begin their lifelong learning journey. We want every child coming into school happy, curious and excited to learn.

The ethos of our school reflects the values and attitudes that characterise any caring family and community. The atmosphere of the school, the quality of relationships and the way in which the school helps to deal with difficulties all combine to develop children who will have a fair sense of justice and the ability to be valued citizens of the future.

At Northdown Primary School we want to aim for our children to grow and develop in an environment where they are cared for, listened to and respected as well as being given consistent, secure and firm boundaries. We must aim for our children to develop lifelong learning skills, showing the ability to take responsibility for their own learning so that they can face future challenges with confidence.

Our key message is that we should aim to ensure each day presents exciting challenges thus creating a joy and thirst for knowledge in each individual child. We will always celebrate diversity and respect all children regardless of ability, gender, ethnicity or religion. As a school we must encourage children to recognise and build on their strengths, extending and developing their potential. We will always provide a happy, caring, supportive and positive learning atmosphere in our school where each child can achieve success.

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01843) 222341

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).