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Welcome to Attachment Aware Schools

Attachment Aware Schools is a partnership between Bath Spa University, Bath and North East Somerset Council, the National College for Teaching and Leadership, a range of third sector organisations, attachment specialists and schools.

A growing number of children and young people have emotional and behavioural needs that go beyond the strategies we have learned through our training and experience. Whilst these children and young people can be hard to reach, they need our greatest nurturing and care.

Research indicates that an awareness of how to support children and young people’s emotional needs and development can promote better learning and health outcomes. National policy and guidance, like the Marmot Review, confirms this.

There is a body of information and research available to specialist practitioners, like social care and mental health staff, that we want to share with the teachers and school support workers who make a difference every day in schools and early years settings.

So far we have brought together schools, other settings and their partner agencies with specialist trainers. Together, the aim of the work has been to create ‘attachment aware’ schools and communities in which all children and young people experience the nurturing environments they need to grow and achieve.

On this site, you’ll find resources from our Attachment Aware Schools training programme. You will also find a list of trainers and organisations who are able to work with you to develop greater attachment awareness in your school. All the materials are informed by research and based on evidence from classroom practice.

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The Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties Association (Sebda) Cornwall Conference 2015 - Attachment Aware Schools
This took place on Thursday 25 June 2015 at Truro College, Cornwall. For details, see the flyer and booking form here.

Attachment and Trauma Aware Schools Conference
This took place on Friday 26 June 2015 at Bath Spa University. For details, see the flyer here.

If you would like to know more about the Attachment Aware Schools project, please contact:

Richard Parker, Director, Centre for Education Policy in Practice, Bath Spa University:  r.parker@bathspa.ac.uk

Mike Gorman, Headteacher, Bath & North East Somerset Virtual School: