What is this training about?

Why is it important that we consider children’s past experiences when they are in the safe environment of school? Is it possible to become a mainstream trauma informed school with minimal resources? This workshop will unpick the notion of a ‘trauma informed school’ and explore the practicalities of turning it into a reality.

In Part One: Dr Shoshanah Lyons will discuss Developmental Trauma; what it is and why it is essential that schools are informed about how trauma affects children in school.

In Part Two: Stuart Guest will discuss the designated teacher guidance and keeping children safe in education; and how this fits with children who have developmental trauma. He will share his experience and insights about how he has developed a mainstream trauma-informed school; what works and how to overcome challenges. Together we will think about: What’s an alternative behaviour policy? | How can you manage discipline in a trauma informed way? | How can we treat some children differently to others? | How can regulation and attunement be built into achieving the curriculum targets? | How can staff be supported in a culture shift? | What role does ‘care for the carers’ play in a trauma informed school?

In Part Three: A Q&A panel with the speakers, our specialist educational psychologist and an adoptive parent. Following this we will invite you to reflect and plan your next steps using the information and tools from the day with your peers in small workshop groups.

What are the learning aims?

  • Have the opportunity to link with other professionals looking to understand the practicalities of becoming a trauma informed school
  • Learn about what Developmental Trauma is and how it impacts learning and the school environment
  • Learn what practical steps you can take to start the journey to becoming a trauma informed school
  • Be the inspiration for how to develop school policies so that they become trauma-sensitive
  • Have the opportunity to ask an experienced and diverse panel questions relevant to their school
  • Have an opportunity to engage in practical exercises which focuses on delegates’ own ‘what next steps’

How long is the training?

10am - 4pm

Who can attend this training?

This workshop is suitable for SENCOs, leadership teams, head teachers, designated teachers for looked-after/ previously looked after children and virtual school. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, please advise us of any allergies.

Who are the trainers?

Stuart Guest has over 11 years’ experience as a head teacher and is a father of birth and adopted children. He has developed trauma friendly approaches at his school and appeared on the BBC One Show in January 2018. Stuart is a blogger, speaker and trainer for trauma informed approaches in schools.

Dr Shoshanah Lyons is the clinical director and founder of Beacon House. As a clinical psychologist she feels huge passion for understanding mental health and relationships through a developmental trauma lens. She is a promoter and advocate for trauma-informed health, education, social care and criminal justice.

How do I book?

  • Tickets are no longer available for this event

What are your terms and conditions?

Courses are refundable up to 30 days prior to the date of the course. Any cancellation with less than 30 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE. You may send a substitute delegate providing s/he meets the course criteria. We reserve the right to cancel the course date, in this case we will notify you by email as early as possible, and advise you of an alternative date or provide you with a full refund. In the event of a course cancellation under 7 days’ notice, a new course date or refund will be organised for you.  Under no circumstances are Beacon House are liable for any travel expenses, childcare, potential loss of income or any associated costs.

Please note that lunch will be provided.
If you or anyone in your party has any special dietary requirements, please specify them when booking.