"Attachment Theory really all started with John Bowlby and this can provide a good book to dip into - particularly if you're doing any university-based assignments to gain further qualifications / accreditation in this area."
"Another provocative read, and one that might even help you become more reflective on how environment has shaped you as a person - in turn leading to more compassionate responses to our most difficult students."
"As with the above recommendation, this helps move the theory into practice. Another core text for the Nurture Group staff bookshelf. Speaking as a secondary teacher, this is particularly useful for Nurture Groups working with teenagers."
"Nurture Groups by their very definition are the 'hardest class' - Bill Rogers is an expert in this area and he can offer a lot in ensuring the group has core systems to enable staff to positively manage behaviour issues."
"This collection of social stories will prove useful for small group and 1-1 sessions around common behaviour incidents that students within the Nurture Group will get involved in. Originally created for students with autism, it has relevance for students with complex social-emotional needs."
"This book blends the theoretical side of speech and language difficulties with some good general advice on strategies / tasks to support students. It's another text worth considering for the Nurture Group staff bookshelf!"
"Most staff runing Nurture Groups will find there is a pressure from their senior leadership for an explicit literacy & numeracy component. This type of resource book is useful in getting started. It's aged 7 - 11 which is the typical literacy age equivalent of secondary students entering the group. Nurture Groups in primary schools may want to go lower!"
"Again, this will help with any literacy component you decide to build into a Nurture Group. Mindmapping is tried and tested with students who have literacy difficulties and limited organisational skills - it's also a lot of fun! A word of caution is that it is not the only method for supporting students in turning thinking into writing - and can be overused at times in schools."
"This is an example of the kind of student reading books that work with Nurture Group students - written as a series of plays with accessible language and engaging storylines, they come highly recommended. For more, just look at the 'Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought' section of the product page."
"As with literacy, you might find there is pressure from senior leadership to build an explicit numeracy component into the Nurture Group timetable - this provides an alternative to the usual worksheets that non-Maths teachers tend to rely upon."
"When all else fails, when the going gets real tough - whip out a pack of playing cards! Over the years the simple pack of cards has proved an invaluable tool in settling down students, building relationships with them and motivating them ("complete this piece of writing and we'll play a round of blackjack" has been uttered countless times in my lessons!)."