Most adopted and looked after children have histories of trauma, disrupted attachments and loss and this training is of particular relevance to schools working with these children. However, the training is also of relevance to schools striving to support and include all vulnerable pupils who may have experienced, or may continue to experience, trauma, loss and attachment difficulties.
The training covers a range of topics that are particularly relevant to the needs of children who have had adverse (early) life experiences and whose learning and behaviour causes concern.
Examples of topics included in the training:
- attachment theory and the importance of early relationships
- the effects of trauma, including abuse and neglect
- the impact of early experiences on children’s brain development
- the impact of early difficulties on later development, including the impact on children’s learning, relationships, mental health and social, emotional and behavioural development
The training guides staff through the latest evidenced-informed interventions and strategies that help to support, contain and include children in schools. It can include:
- how to establish healthy relationships and key worker systems
- how to teach emotional regulation
- how to support peer relationships and play
- how to support learning and address sensitive issues such as ‘family trees’, birthdays, mother’s /father’s day, etc.
- how to provide support through transitions
Training sessions are planned in accordance with the needs of each school/education setting and can be delivered to any education setting, including nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and settings such as Pupil Referral Units or Education Support Centres.
The training sessions usually take place in the commissioning school.
A short session lasts up to 2 hours for example, as part of a staff meeting.
A long session can be arranged for a half or whole-day, for example, as part of a staff INSET day
For staff who wish to learn more about the issues and how they relate to the particular children in their school, more detailed follow up training is available, on request.
Due to a generous grant from the Big Lottery, the training is subsidised and can therefore be offered at:
- £100 for the short course
- £150 for the long course
Travel costs will be added for schools located at more than 40 miles away from the PAC office in Kentish Town.
“One of the most powerful and relevant INSETS I have attended” (Secondary school Head of Department, Hertfordshire)
“Excellent – Julia delivered an intelligent presentation but made it accessible to all through everyday examples” (Assistant Head teacher, Surrey)
“Relaxed, informative, tailored to suit our needs” (SENCO, Kent)
“Very user friendly and open to comments” (SEN Governor, Essex)
“Very clear, handouts useful, engaging, nice pace” (Class Teacher, Camden)
Please contact Julia Clements (PAC’s Schools Trainer) directly:
Office: 020 7284 0555
Julia Clements has worked as the Schools Trainer for PAC since 2011. Her role includes working with school staff, parents and professionals in raising their understanding of the needs of children who have experienced trauma, and how they can be supported and included at school. Julia is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council.
Julia started working with children, schools and families almost 20 years ago. She originally trained as a teacher and taught in primary schools for several years before training to become an Educational Psychologist. Julia has developed a particular specialism in child and adolescent mental health, well-being and behaviour. She has additional qualifications in counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Julia currently practices as a Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist as part of a local authoritiy specialist behaviour team.
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