As a SENCO or Learning Support teacher, you are tasked with helping children and young people with emotional, behavioural and learning needs. You will know from experience that a growing number of children have an increasingly diverse range of needs. This course will support you in meeting those needs.
For emotional and psychological good health, and as a platform for effective learning, children need to make secure attachments with the significant adults in their lives from a very early stage, and then have consistent and warm relationships, from there onwards throughout childhood. In most classrooms, in most schools, there are children for whom stable attachments did not develop, resulting in insecure or even a ‘disorganised’ attachment patterns. Research shows that where children have not had the kind of responsive parenting they need, their brains are likely not to be wired, or their emotions and self-regulation tuned, as yours or mine are.
Following a 2015 report from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), UK government policy now recommends that every school has at least one professional trained in attachment awareness. It’s that important an issue. More and more schools are becoming certified as ‘Attachment Aware Schools’ with positive outcomes. An Executive Impact Report carried out by the City of Stoke on Trent and Bath Spa University shows.
“In terms of the impact on the children, regarding academic attainment, there was a significant improvement between Time 1 (end of terms 1-2, 2014) and Time 2 (end of terms 3-5, 2015) in reading, English, and maths achievement”.
This training is a combination of theoretical, experiential and practical and requires attendees to actively participate, reflect on their own experiences and explore how they can put strategies in place. By the end of the course you will have a deep understanding of the neurological and environmental processes which effect those hard to reach children so they are better prepared to learn and you are better able to support them; and, a toolkit to take back to your school, share with colleagues and apply.
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