Newcastle takes Attachment Awareness in Schools to heart

On 2 November 2016 Newcastle's Virtual School introduced an Attachment Awareness in Schools project to around 100 staff working in different roles within mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools, a pupil referral unit, and fostering, adoption and Connexions services.

KCA's Training Director, Felicia Wood, was delighted to be involved in this event, delivering training to such a committed and engaged group of professionals.

Vivienne Cunneen, the Acting Virtual School Head for Newcastle City Council, said she was really pleased with how it was received. 'We had been looking for an exciting and innovative approach that would help increase empathy, understanding and skills amongst professionals working with our looked after children in order to reduce exclusions and raise attainment. This training launched an excellent model on which to build and take forward this key strategy to improve outcomes for children and young people.'

One participant noted, 'This knowledge will be used to further support those vulnerable children in my care and hopefully allow them to develop as well-adapted young people who will leave us ready for the next steps in their journey.'

Building on this enthusiasm, the Virtual School intends to develop the partnership with KCA further in order to establish a network of practitioners from a range of settings who will conduct action research into what works most effectively locally by trialling, evaluating and embedding attachment aware strategies into daily practice.