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 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.