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Although The Rose School offers a nurturing approach to all its students; we are also very lucky to have a discreet KS3 Nurture group within our school. The groupings for the nurture group vary each year and at times each term depending on individual students’ needs. Students are selected for the group based their personal, social and emotional needs as well as peer dynamics.

The Nurture Group is run by Mrs. Michelle Cutforth a Primary trained teacher who is currently supported by Mrs. Natalie Watson (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs. Jackie Pilkington (Teaching Assistant).

Nurture students are taught English, Maths, Science, Humanities, IT and PSHE in the nurture room by nurture staff. English, Maths and IT are planned by the nurture teacher in consultation with subject leaders to ensure the content reflects the needs of the students. Science follows the KS3 curriculum and is adapted to suit the needs of the group. Humanities and PSHE are planned by Mrs. Moran and delivered by Mrs. Cutforth. Students attend Design Technology, Food Technology and P.E in specialist teaching areas and are taught by specialist staff.

Flourish- today and tomorrow

Learning in the nurture group allows students to develop as a whole; time is spent on the development of social and emotional skills which allows students the opportunity to understand the world around them from various perspectives whilst learning other subjects. British Values are clearly displayed, integrated throughout the lessons, as well as being taught more discreetly.

Unearth Potential

Students are encouraged to develop as individuals and at the same time to respect the thoughts, beliefs and individuality of others. A great deal of time is spent on the development of personal and social skills such as,

  • Teamwork
  • Friendships
  • Empathy
  • Communication Skills

We provide our students with a wide range of opportunities; in previous years we have visited; Manchester Police Museum, Martin Mere (Lego Exhibition), Brockhole Country Park, Townley Park, St Anne’s beach and watched a live performance of David Walliams Awful Auntie at Manchester Opera House. We aim to provide students with opportunities to experience days out that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience; they also become involved in the planning and preparation of these events.


We believe all students should be able to confidently engage in their learning; being able to communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions without prejudice. They will be supported to develop a wide vocabulary and a secure understanding of their feelings and emotions and how they impact their behaviour.

Students are encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work, in part by developing a good handwriting style by the time they leave The Rose School.


The main focus of the nurture group is to develop the social, emotional and mental health of our students.  Planning ensures students are given opportunities to learn and develop the necessary skills through all areas of the curriculum. Specialist nurture staff model appropriate behaviours and encourage students to develop appropriate skills by understanding their individual needs and building positive relationships and trust with the students.

The daily structure of learning is predictable however delivery of topics is flexible in order to ensure concepts are explored thoroughly allowing for topics to be reactive to the needs of the current cohort of students. 

Intended Impact

It is intended that the Nurture curriculum will further develop and enhance knowledge of basic skills; plugging the gap as necessary. Students will work in small groups, pairs and independently depending on their needs and peer dynamics. They will be supported by the teacher or teaching assistant and at times groups will be are offered the opportunity to work out of the classroom if this better suits their needs. At the same time students social, emotion and mental health will be supported through a nurturing approach within the classroom.

  • Students will feel confident to engage in their own learning
  • Students will begin to value the importance of education
  • Students of all abilities will be able to succeed in all lessons due to work being set to the needs of each individual
  • Students will leave the nurture group confident in their own abilities


Theme Genres
All About Me ·         Recounts

·         News Reports

·         Informal Language

·         Non Fiction Texts

·         Autobiographies

Feelings and Emotions

Film – Inside

·         Narrative

·         Character Descriptions

·         Setting Descriptions

·         Structure (opening, building, dilemma, reaction, ending)

Friendships and Relationships

Film – The Ant Bully

·         Persuasive Texts

·         Leaflets

·         Diary Entries




The nurture maths curriculum focuses primarily on developing perquisites and plugging gaps in students’ learning. Learning covers the areas outlined below and is targeted at students’ individual needs. We find many students lack confidence in attempting maths due to negative past experiences and lost learning.  For this reason we aim to make learning fun and interesting. We learn through fun, practical activities; students have access to a range of learning resources aimed at supporting them. All students work at their own pace in order to ensure they are given the time needed to succeed and develop confidence in their ability.

Number :


Place Value

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division


Problem Solving






Using measures




We aim to develop students’ skills in the use of Microsoft Office programmes (specifically Word and Powerpoint) and how to use the internet as a research tool.

Students create documents using the internet as a support tool for research.

Aims: To be able to:

  • Set up new documents
  • Save, locate and re-open documents
  • Share documents with others via email and Google Drive
  • Create folders for saved work in both Windows and Google Drive
  • Access the internet
  • Search for and locate relevant information
  • Copy and paste information and images from the internet
  • Paraphrase information retrieved from the internet
  • Use a range of features on the menu in Microsoft Office Programmes appropriate to the work being produced
  • Use the internet, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Google Drive to support and enhance learning in other subjects