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Trauma Informed School

We are working hard to create a school culture where everyone is aware of trauma and its effects, and where the whole school community is committed to supporting children who have suffered a trauma. It’s estimated that one in three children are exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event by the age of 18.Trauma can have a significant impact on mental health outcomes, social development, academic attainment, cognitive development and behaviour, so it’s essential that those working in our setting are aware of how to help minimise the impact of trauma.

We promote active listening, where all individuals feel valued and listened to. This helps to lay the foundations for more trusting and respectful relationships. This form of listening encourages children to empathise more with others, which in turn improves community connectedness. 'Empathy is caught and not taught.' We work hard to  help children manage their emotions by using various games and interventions.

 All members of staff work hard to support children without judgement and can help all children to flourish.

By adopting this approach we hope to have:

  • Improved outcomes for all.
  • A more connected and respectful school environment.
  • A reduction in challenging behaviour.
  • Higher inclusion rates.
  • Lower exclusion rates.
  • An ability to model and sustain reliable attachment.
  • Improved sense of belonging.
  • Students who are calmer and ready to learn.
  • Students who are better equipped to manage their emotions, with higher levels of self-esteem, empathy and resilience.
  • Students who feel understood, valued and safe.