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Welcome to Dove Class!

Dove Class is a part-time small group ('class'), based upon the principles of nurture groups.


Nurture groups were the brainchild of educational psychologist Marjorie Boxall in 1969. Boxall understood that some children were not ready to meet the social and intellectual demands of school life, which further damaged their already fragile self-confidence and self-esteem. Nurture groups are founded on evidence-based practices and offer a short-term, inclusive focused intervention that works in the long term.


The Six Principles Of Nurture

1.       Children's learning is understood developmentally

2.       The classroom offers a safe base

3.       The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing

4.       Language is a vital means of communication

5.       All behaviour is communication

6.       The importance of transition in children's lives

Ref: Lucas,S., Insley,K. and Buckland,G. (2006) Nurture Group Principles and Curriculum Guidelines Helping Children to Achieve, The Nurture Group Network.


At Rocklands, children attend weekly sessions in Dove class but remain an active part of their main class group, spending appropriate time within the nurture group according to their needs, and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms. During their time in Dove class, children's social and emotional needs are assessed using the Boxall profile and appropriate, individual targets and programmes are drawn up and delivered, identifying whatever help is needed to remove the barriers to learning.

Dove class is led by Kirsteen. Kirsteen is accredited with the Nurture Group Network and has achieved the 'Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups' Certificate.
Picture 1 Kirsteen