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Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed

Attachment Aware School

At Alexander First School our staff are trained in attachment and trauma so that we are well placed to meet the needs of children:

  • In care 
  • Those who are care experienced
  • Who have attachment needs and may have experienced trauma

Children with attachment difficulties who struggle in school will need a key adult to be allocated to them – to act as an “additional attachment figure”. If that adult can build a trusting relationship with them, and the child knows they can go to them for support that can be a lifeline. They learn that it is okay to trust others. This is epistemic trust, and it is a powerful driver for learning.


Please review our Attachment Aware poster for details on how we implement the approach.