nurcha is an educational support, non-profit CIC for the benefit of families, adults, educational communities and children within the East of England. Our nurturing change approach has its foundation in the six principles of nurture, and a deep belief in the power of adults to support change in the lives of children and young people. 

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Jeni Barnacle is a qualified primary teacher (Art) with postgraduate qualifications in Early Years and Nurture. She trained in Essex, while bringing up her children, moving to Norfolk as a NQT and teaching  for the next twenty years in a range of schools.  She enjoyed sharing her creative curriculum practices through Lead  Literacy, numeracy and behaviour roles before becoming a headteacher. 

Jeni has a proven track record as a head teacher, including leading and managing a primary school through significant change and challenge using the nurture principles from 2002. One of the first schools nationally to do so and  facilitating  the transformation of a ‘failing and challenging school’ to a vibrant holistic learning environment for all the community including the innovation of a foundation unit for 3-5yr olds. The principles involve creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive values, though an early years approach, a rich creative curriculum with a priority on outdoors learning. The school featured on Teachers TV Happiest days programme (2007) resulting in Jeni speaking at a number of high profile conferences to share the impact. 


Jeni left headship to set up her own business Nurture4all to provide supportive nurturing  solutions for children, families and professionals. This was in tandem with being East of England regional coordinator, freelance trainer and consultant for nurtureuk 


Jeni led nurtureuk’s initiative ‘The Norfolk Nurture Hub’ to pilot a centre of nurture excellence:providing support and training for professionals, outreach support for schools,and an alternative provision for pupils at risk of permanent exclusion through a range of nurture  provisions. 


Jeni was until recently nurtureuk’s Head of Executive Projects working at a strategic level with local authorities and other organisations.  She is looking forward to returning to her roots to be working directly with children, families and inspire professionals too. 

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Jenni Moore is a qualified Secondary Science Teacher, who has worked in Norfolk for her entire teaching career, most recently as Deputy Director of Science specialising in behaviour management. Trained in Nurture Principles and STEAM teaching Jenni has many years of experience of supporting pupils in finding their inspiration within subjects.
Jenni also has a tandem career as a sports therapist and outdoors instructor having branched out to support pupils and staff in outdoor teaching and learning.
This wealth of experience has been applied to a consultancy role with nurtureuk where her areas of specialism are wellbeing and curriculum.

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Claire Hargrave is a qualified primary Teacher and mother of three, who has worked in London, Birmingham, Staffordshire and Suffolk, most recently as Head Teacher of two Early Years/KS1 Alternative Provisions. Trained in Nurture Principles and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Claire has many years of experience of supporting pupils and their adults in educational settings to identify unmet needs and find ways forward. Claire currently also offers associate consultant services to NurtureUK in the east of England..
Claire also has a long career in IT and website design, having written one of the very first school websites in the UK, and spoken at UK conferences about upcoming technologies and their benefits in supporting teaching and learning.

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