School staff can feel increasingly overwhelmed by how best to respond to the challenges from pupils who have experienced relational trauma or loss, often as a result of adverse childhood experiences.
We are concerned that exclusion figures continue to rise in the UK. Existing alongside and adding to this sense of overwhelm are widespread misunderstandings and misinterpretations in the education system about the impact of trauma and loss on young hearts, minds and bodies. Sadly zero tolerance policies in schools can exacerbate insecurity and shame fuelled responses.
We have come together as three well respected and established organisations to integrate an empathic understanding of the devastating impact of trauma and loss on our pupils and to communicate alternative ways of being into educational settings. Our aim is to nurture attuned and responsive connections between pupils and their teachers and support staff and to fundamentally increase permanence and academic outcomes in our schools.