Start your journey

If you are thinking about becoming an attachment and trauma aware school, or you are just starting out on your journey, this page is intended to provide information and links to further resources which may help.  

Please be aware that the Rees Centre does not endorse specific tools or approaches, and the links below are intended to provide information and signposting to publicly available resources as a starting point.

Resources about attachment and trauma awareness

Anna Freud Centre – How to deal with Childhood Trauma | Early Years in Mind

NSPCC Learning – Attachment and child development

NSPCC Learning – Understanding child brain development

The Alex Timpson Trust – three guidebooks on attachment written by Sir John Timpson CBE, based on his many years’ experience as a foster carer: A Guide to Attachment, How to Create a Positive Future and Looking After Looked After Children. (Available free from Timpson, Max Spielmann and Johnsons the Cleaners stores).

Resources For Schools

Resources to support audit and evaluation

The Attachment Research Community (ARC) – The ARC Matrix

The Attachment Research Community (ARC) – ARC Audit

Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) – Wellbeing Measurement for Schools

CORC eLearning – eLearning module for school staff: Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people 

Resources for teaching children about emotions, regulation and the brain

General resources


Kelly, P. , Watt, L., & Giddens, S. (2020)

Pastoral Care in Education, 38(4), 335-354

An Attachment aware schools programme: a safe space, a nurturing learning community