Group of Girls learn about fish


How we help primary and secondary schools get involved to learn more about fish and what is going on in their local stream, river or lake.

Nurture Transition Year programme



Nurture groups are in-school, teacher-led psychosocial interventions focused on supporting the social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) of children and young people.

There is great emphasis on emotional literacy, language development and communication. Pupils are immersed in an accepting and warm environment that helps replace missing or distorted early nurturing experiences, and helps pupils develop positive relationships with both teachers and peers.

This nurturing school environment allows them to gain the skills to do well at school and into the future, such as making friends and dealing more confidently and calmly with the challenges of life. Nurture groups are classes of between six and 12 children or young people, run by two members of staff trained in nurture interventions.

Nurture groups are developed around 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 transitions in children’s lives.

Nurture and transition years

Children and young people have the same basic needs: to be loved, to be accepted and to be encouraged – whether they are four or 14. Secondary nurture groups support all of these needs and minimise the chances of young people becoming non-attendees or excluded further through the school system.

Nurture and angling

Research and studies into the benefits of angling have shown that recreational angling reduces stress and has a profound influence on long term physical and mental health outcomes. 

The practical element of this course, coupled with the outdoor classroom ethos and interactive teaching style, allows for a more accessible and engaging learning environment. This enables students to gain knowledge about angling and the wider environment with ease, while still building on literacy numeracy and social skills.

Programme structure

  • The programme comprises five sessions, with the option of placing additional focus on a preferred angling discipline if required by the school.
  • Sessions can be adapted to suit the needs to the students/group.
Saltwater Fish Species Workbook
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Freshwater Fish Species Workbook
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