‘Hertfordshire Steps’ is a behaviour aupport approach that adopts the  following principles:

  • Shared focus on inclusion of all children within their educational settings
  • Shared values and beliefs across communities
  • Shared communication, diversion and de-escalation
  • Shared risk management
  • Shared reparation, reflection and restoration

To reflect DSPL3 Management Group’s commitment to STEPS, we will  fund 50% of the cost of STEPS three day Mainstream Tutor training (i.e. £225 of the £450)  for two members of staff in a primary school and up to four in a secondary.  In addition, the cost of the annual refresher training (£175) will be fully funded,  for the first year at least, i.e from Spring 2018 – Spring 2019 when we will review the situation.

For those schools that would like to plan whole staff training for the end of the Summer or start of the Autumn Term 2018, there are still spaces on the STEPS Tutor training on 2nd – 4th May or 9th – 11th May 2018.

Please email  if you would like to book staff on to one of the May 2018 courses.

The following schools and settings have STEPS Tutors and are following the Hertfordshire STEPS approach to behaviour support.:  Abel Smith, Bayford School, Bengeo, Hertford Heath, Hertford St Andrews, High Wych, Jenyns First School, Layston First School, Little Hadham, Mill Mead, Millfield First, Morgans, Priors Wood, St Andrew’s  (SA), St Andrew’s  (MH), St Catherine’s, St Joseph’s (BS), St Joseph’s (H), Stapleford, Thorn Grove, Tonwell St Mary’s and Watton at Stone.

In addition the following other settings within DSPL3 have STEPS Tutors:  Amwell View, Herts Regional College (HRC), Middleton, Pinewood and Rivers ESC

DSPL3 ‘National Nurturing Schools Programme’ project – PROGRAMME FULL

Is your school a nurturing school?
Would you like to take part in a  new programme that will help you develop  and embed a nurturing culture to enhance pupil, parent and staff attachment and engagement?

Brief overview of the course

This programme takes place over a two year period and requires the buy in of both senior management and teaching staff.

The initial two days provides two members of staff (including one from management), training and an induction to the programme and the opportuinity to develop initial thoughts on how to plan the next steps to implement nurture, throughout their whole school.

This is followed by specific follow-up tasks over the next six months, with another full-day progress and application day one year after the induction programme. The school is then assessed against its performance targets within the Nurturing School Framework at the end of the two years. 

Target audience

Senior management and school staff who show a commitment to develop a whole school nurturing ethos and culture that is inclusive and supports everyone in and associated with the school.


The National Nurturing Schools Programme is a programme that allows staff to develop personally and professionally whilst embedding a nurturing culture throughout their schools, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children and young people. This is achieved by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole school environment. The programme is based on the six principles of nurture that have successfully underpinned nurture groups for over 40 years. This programme does not replace nurture groups as a more focussed intervention for those identified in need of nurture group provision. You do not need a nurture group in your school to attend the course however many schools have found it useful to implement one at later stage as part of their whole school development.

Who Benefits?

  • Pupils benefit – from the approach that supports them in their specific needs while delivering teaching and learning in a way that all can access. The pupil is at the heart of the school focus and their learning is understood developmentally.
  • Parents benefit – from being involved and welcomed in the school, in seeing the improvement in the children’s learning, behaviour, confidence and attendance. A better outcome for their children both in and out of the school and classroom.
  • Teachers benefit – from a renewed focus on their pupils and a culture change where every voice counts. A more balanced measure of outcomes for individual pupils ensues. 
  • Schools benefit – from showing their commitment to developing an ethos and culture that is inclusive supports everyone in and associated with the school
  • Communities benefit – from having a school that wants to be at the heart of the community and demonstrates its central role in children and young people’s lives.

What’s Included?

  • Access to the Boxall Profile Online for two years 
  • The National Nurturing Schools Programme file with all materials related to the programme including standards, self-assessment and planning tools
  • Training handbook
  • Opportunity to access consultancy
  • Termly network meetings for DSPL3 particpating schools

For schools who have successfully completed the National Nurturing Schools Programme, they can gain recognition for achieving a higher level of nurturing provision by applying for The National Nurturing School Award – assessed and awarded by The Nurture Group Network.

What are the costs?

From September 2017 for year one the fee is £900 plus VAT (includes one year Boxall Online, publications, manuals and two-day induction programme for two people). For year two the fee is £850 plus VAT (includes one year Boxall Online, one-day progress and application programme for two people, on-site assessment, report and Award).

This would be a part funded project with DSPL3 making a £500 contribution towards costs in each year, so participating schools would pay £750 + VAT over the two years.  This would be a very valid and effective use of Pupil Premium funding or indeed Pupil Premium Plus funding. 

So, what next:

Email Kerry Scripps, DSPL3 Manager (  by Friday 26th May if your school would be interested in taking part.

Dr Margot Sunderland PAST EVENT

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Time: 8.45 – 3.30 p.m.
Where: Amwell View School
Who is it for:  Teachers, SENCOs, Deputies and Headteachers only (THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR LSAs/TAs etc)
Cost: There is no cost to schools as it is being funded by DSPL3
Expectation of attendees: Submit a  very brief report outlining three changes that they have made in their classroom/school as a result of attending the course.  This will be due 31st March 2017.

Click here to see the course evaluations

Click here to see who attended