Attachment Aware Schools
Feeling safe enough not to go into ‘fight, flight or freeze’ is essential for learning but not all our children have this sense of safety, so to help them learn we build this safety – or ‘secure attachment’ - into our teaching and our classrooms in the city.
Our Vision for ‘Attachment Aware Schools’
Attachment influences students’ school success. This is true of students’ attachment to their parents, as well as to their teachers. Secure attachment is associated with higher grades and standardized test scores compared to insecure attachment. Secure attachment is also associated with greater emotional regulation, social competence, and willingness to take on challenges.’ (Bergin and Bergin 2009)
In our education settings, young people who have experienced damaged attachment and trauma will:
Be and feel welcomed, safe and valued.
Have staff who are 'attachment aware' – who understand their needs and can support them.
Receive the support they need to achieve good outcomes
In Care, In School seeks to help teachers and pupils understand, from a young person's point of view, what it is like being in foster care and having an education. The site links to a PHSCE programme and futher materials.
Excellent materials on attachment with talks from experts, case studies and research.
ARC is a place for education settings to share best practice in working with children with unmet attachment needs and trauma. Find out more by clicking the title.
Summary of research findings from Attachment Aware Schools in Stoke-on-Trent and BANES
Introduction to Attachment and Implications for schools and settings
Attachment Aware training will help staff to support children who have experienced trauma
Trainings are provided via our Educational Psychology team
The children's attachment quality standard (QS133) was published on the NICE webiste 12/10/2016. You can view the quality standard by clicking here.
Extracts NICE guideline on Attachment – November 2015
Children's attachment consultation with stakeholders
Evidence Submitted by Attachment Aware Schools to Education Committee inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children December 2015.
This booklet is designed to help professionals and carers who work with LAC recognise attachment difficulties and consider how to help a child or young person achieve their full potential
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