Renfrewshire’s Nurturing Relationships Approach (RNRA) is a relational and trauma informed approach to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. RNRA is grounded in a rich evidence base and has been found to positively impact on staff practice and the wellbeing of children and young people (Nolan, 2020). Positive relationships across the school community (parents/carers, children and young people and staff) and a focus on the development of resilient children and young people are considered some of the key features of whole-establishment nurturing approaches.

The toolkits have been created to support establishment self-evaluation and planning for improvement in the following areas:

The continuums within these toolkits contain good practice examples which should be used in planning whole establishment nurturing approaches. Consideration of these continuums should be evidenced in establishment accreditation submissions (including action plans). These indicators will be referred to in scrutiny of accreditation submissions to determine progress in these key areas.

Launch of Ren10

“REN10 is a network of people who work or volunteer in the Renfrewshire area. We have a variety of early help services for your mental health and wellbeing.”

Through the new website parents, carers and professionals can access a wide variety of help to support the mental health and wellbeing of their children and young people from the earliest stage.

Have a look here: REN10 – Renfrewshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Platform

Michael Harker retires as Principal Educational Psychologist

Michael Harker has been the Principal Educational Psychologist of Renfrewshire Educational Psychology Service since 2011. Before that, he was the Depute Principal of the service for 10 years.

He retires this Christmas and will be sorely missed for his kind and compassionate leadership, creative thinking and great humour. We are looking forward to seeing where he channels his many talents in retirement, and know that he will keep himself busy with his two lovely grandchildren!

We will welcome Maura Kearney (currently Depute Principal EP in Glasgow) to our team as our new Principal EP in the new year.


New: RNRA good practice videos

We have started to collate videos from RNRA establishments illustrating good practice in the implementation of nurture principles. You can find these in the ‘Whole Service Interventions’ tab in the main menu and navigating to the ‘RNRA’ section.

Sincere thanks to those who have contributed their excellent videos to be shared.

Skills for Recovery: Learning at home resources for Parents & Carers

REPS have developed two new digital leaflets in our Skills for Recovery series.

These leaflets are designed to offer support to parents and carers during periods of home learning (e.g. school closures and self-isolation).

The first leaflet offers some general advice about home learning. You can find it here.

The second leaflet offers some support for coping with our feelings when things become tricky. You can find it here

Skills for Recovery: New Digital Leaflets

Skills for Recovery: new digital leaflets launched!

We are pleased to be able to share our new resources to support the wellbeing of young people (secondary), all parents/carers & all staff.

We have worked with Renfrewshire’s Health & Wellbeing Development Officer to adapt the RNRA Skills For Recovery programme to make it more easily accessible and relevant for parents and staff at this stage in the pandemic.

There are 6 digital leaflets (Microsoft Sways) in this new series.  We hope these leaflets will be shared widely with all education staff and wider communities. We continue to work on refining these resources to ensure they meet the needs arising. There is a link to a very short questionnaire at the end of each digital leaflet which you can use to let us know how useful they have been.

Launch of ‘Skills for Recovery’


Dear Colleagues,

I would like to commend this excellent resource to you which has been developed by our Educational Psychology Service in partnership with our HWB Development Officer Fiona Hewitt. It is a perfect PSE programme to cover the first 6 weeks of term as of Monday 17th August (Week 1 video link will be live this week).

‘Skills for Recovery’ is a Renfrewshire resource developed for young people in our Secondary Schools and upper stages of Primary and for Staff in all sectors of education. Skills for Recovery is based on the Nurturing Wellbeing to Build Back Better’ materials developed by Renfrewshire’s Educational Psychology Service. The purpose of this resource is to promote clear messages across the authority about how we can support mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff as we adapt to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It provides practical help for pupils, staff and parents in the first 6 weeks after the summer holidays through weekly themes around dealing with change, understanding and naming our feelings, relationships, bouncing back and signposting to supports within the authority. Staff wellbeing is a significant focus of this resource.

The curricular aspect has been created as a ‘lift and go’ resource which you can find on the Health and Wellbeing blog (links below) and can be delivered within your allocated PSE/Health and Wellbeing time.  The resource contains key messages, practical activities for use with pupils and staff and useful reading, research and weblinks. It also consists of a series of six short videos with a reflection task which can also be shared through your digital platforms to pupils and parents/carers.  The videos contain messages from some key figures and support staff within Renfrewshire Council.  These will also be shared on Renfrewshire Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Julie Calder
Head of Service (Curriculum and Quality)


Launch of ‘Nurturing Wellbeing to Build Back Better: A Closer Look at Trauma Informed Practice

This resource is intended to be used alongside Renfrewshire Educational Psychology Service’s ‘Nurturing Wellbeing to Build Back Better’ resources:

‘Nurturing Wellbeing to Build Back Better: A Summary of Trauma Informed Priorities for Educational Establishments.’

‘Nurturing Wellbeing to Build Back Better: A Trauma Informed Resource.’

The suggestions provided within these resources will support most staff, children and young people, families and educational communities in recovering well from the effects of COVID-19. However, those who have been most severely affected, or who have had other traumatic experiences in their lives, may benefit from the more trauma specific approaches detailed in this resource. Please note that these resources are intended for educational establishments and are not a substitute for trauma- specific interventions from trained professionals.

RNRA BBB A Closer Look at Trauma Informed Practice

I trust that this resource will enhance your establishment’s ability to support all your children and young people return and reconnect with education. Please get in touch with Michael Harker, if you wish further information about this, or the other resources that have been produced by the educational psychology service.


Gordon McKinlay

Head of Schools
Renfrewshire council

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