- “ Best course I have attended for a long time. ” Beverley Bromage, Abbey Hulton Primary School – November 2012
- “ This was a great course, well presented with great visuals. The Breakout rooms were great and the variation of activities. This was the best virtual course I have attended. ” Jessica Galvin, Wiltshire – November 2020
- “ KCA course continue to be very informative and inspiring ” Tim Sandford, Hampshire – November 2020
- “ It was an infomation packed day. It was delivered under challenging times and i thought very well. I enjoyed the virtual chat rooms. ” Louise Chant, Wiltshire – November 2020
- “ An excellent balance between statistical information and data alongside personal knowledge and experience. ” Patricia Tucker, Salford City Council – July 2012
- “ Very accessible in spite of it being a difficult topic. ” Patricia Tucker, Salford City Council – July 2012
- “ We will ensure that the excellent practice outlined during the course does not stop when the children leave our setting... It is essential that this is a whole school approach. ” Gabrielle Doherty, Teacher, North West – June 2012
- “ I really liked the presentation of this training; much better than some online ones that I have experienced. ” Participant – November 2020
- “ Loved the content and the opportunity to continue reinforcing learning through e-learning. ” Lindsey Sayer, Kent – July 2013
- “ Very enthusiastically delivered and upbeat considering the session was so long. Susan seems passionate and knowledgeable and it was very interesting. ” Kate Chorlton, Wiltshire – October 2020
We are consistently told that the way our associates share their knowledge and experience and facilitate group learning makes an enormous difference to practice.
Our training starts with an in-depth look at the development needs of an organisation and the way in which training will contribute to practice outcomes. Once we have a clear understanding of the training needs and the target audience, we will look at whether face-to-face training or webinars offer the best fit in terms of cost, target audience and practice development. For face-to-face training the commissioner will arrange the venue and any refreshments; if the training is to be provided at distance then KCA can host up to 100 people at a time in our customised webinar platform.
With the venue (either virtual or physical) agreed, KCA delivers everything else required to make this a transformative learning experience, including:
- A course tailored to meet the identified learning needs of participants
- One or more of our expert associates to lead the session
- A training pack for every participant (these can be electronic for webinars if preferred, or posted direct to participants)
- Access to relevant resources after the event, which may include e-learning as well as practice tools and reference materials
- Online evaluation and attendance certificates
In addition, we are increasingly providing extra support to organisations by offering further learning management services, such as event registration, promotional design or longitudinal impact evaluation.
In the 12 months from March 2020 , we have facilitated 14 training events, with a target audience of more than 0 participants.
Types of training provided
KCA training can cater for:
Conference style events (up to 200 participants)
If a large venue is available training costs can be reduced by inviting others to participate, sharing the learning and sharing the cost
Whole staff group training - online or face-to-face
Training staff from across an organisation promotes consistency of purpose and integrated practice development
Bite-size sessions engage hard-to-reach learners by providing relevant and inspiring training at a time and a venue appropriate to their needs
Web tutorials to support e-learning or qualifications
Lively sessions with an expert trainer can help focus learners on their own CPD, answer any tricky questions and complement local support from supervisors or peers
Training events/case clinics for the network around a child
Develop a shared understanding and shared language around the needs of a child or young person by engaging the network, including family members if appropriate
Of the 14 different courses delivered in the last year, the most frequent were:
1. Full day Understanding Trauma: Promoting recovery from toxic stressSchool staff · School leaders · Early Years practitioners · Early Years managers · College staff · College leaders · Social workers · Foster carers · Youth Justice workers Toxic levels of stress can injure our brains, changing the way we think, feel and behave until we have recovered from the injuries. This can happen to anyone. This course enables learners to understand key issues in working with the significant minority of children and young people who are living with brain injuries from which they have not yet recovered. It also provides opportunities to practise and develop skills in working effectively with trauma.
2. Full day Brain Development and Positive Parenting: Five to Thrive as a model for promoting secure attachmentEarly Years practitioners · Early Years managers · Health Visitors Helping parents and carers to understand the impact they have on the developing brain of their children can develop responsiveness and confidence. This understanding truly promotes positive parenting. This course will enable anyone who works with families to integrate this understanding into practice so that they can explain and consistently model the activities that build and maintain healthy brains.
3. Full day Attachment and Brain Development: Recognising and developing relationships that support optimal brain functionSchool staff · School leaders · Early Years practitioners · Early Years managers · College staff · College leaders · Foster carers · Social workers Current research on brain development makes it clear that the first four years of life, from conception to the end of year three, is the most critical period for brain development. This course will enable anyone who works with children and young people to understand the impact of this early experience. It also provides insight into ways of working that can enable new patterns to form, so that children and young people at any age can begin to recover from early adversity.
4. Half day leadership seminar: Vulnerability, trauma and recoveryDesignated Teachers · School staff Toxic levels of stress can injure our brains, changing the way we think, feel and behave until we have recovered from the injuries. This can happen to anyone. This seminar enables learners to understand key issues in working with the significant minority of children and young people who are living with brain injuries from which they have not yet recovered. It also provides opportunities to practise and develop skills in working effectively with trauma. The KCA Level 4 e-learning course 'Vulnerability, Trauma and Recovery' is provided free for all participants. This e-learning provides the knowledge base from one unit of the two-unit Level 4 Customised Award 'Working with Vulnerable Children and Families'.
5. Full day Building Resilience: Promoting collaborative working across the networkEveryone who works with children and young people and their families needs to understand what resilience is and how to promote resilience in children, in their families, and in the wider community. This course will enable participants to develop this essential understanding of resilience and the skills they will need in order to play their part in building healthy children, families and communities.
28 February 2020
KCA delivers training for System Leaders in Wiltshire in response to the Reducing Parental…
13 November 2018
New Schools' Training Certificate to demonstrate commitment to Attachment-based practice
5 October 2018
Launch of Stockport Virtual School Attachment Aware Schools project 2018-19
latest case studies
- Lower Farm Primary School — Being an attachment aware school
- ERW (Education through Regional Working) — Attachment Awareness in Schools project…
- The Grange School, Runcorn — Attachment Awareness in Schools: working quickly to introduce…
- Tri-Borough Virtual School — Our Lady of Dolours and Oxford Gardens Primary Schools…