Key messages from the research
Overall, school staff perceived training to have had a positive impact on their schools in a range of ways, including a positive impact on pupil wellbeing and relationships, engagement and learning.
Attachment and trauma awareness training is not a ‘quick fix’ – Incorporating attachment and trauma awareness into a school’s ethos is an ongoing process rather than a one-off event and change is gradual.
A whole-school approach promotes consistency of practice and can seed a school-wide ethos around attachment and trauma awareness.
All schools should expect to face challenges along the way such as the logistics of training all staff; engaging resistant or reluctant staff members; and introducing new practice when schools face competing priorities and demands.