For Education Settings

In 2018, Summit Psychology was awarded a research commission, funded by Staffordshire's Virtual School, to explore the question, 'What is a Trauma Informed and Attachment Aware School?'. This question was answered utilising a 'World Cafe Discovery Day' and a modified e-delphi study. The research was operationalised for practical application in education settings following conclusion of the pilot study in July 2019.


The S.T.IA.A. S.E.F. is a tool for schools to use to explore whether they could consider their educational community to be truama informed and attachment aware. Available online for whole education setting to complete and with the accompanying publication available as a PDF, the framework provides a clear structure for which whole school staff, teaching teams and practitioners within the education workforce can reflect on their own personal practice, knowledge and expertise, reflect on the school’s systems and organisational structures, current policies, and the support provided by the governing body and senior leadership teams (SLT) to enable settings to meet the needs of vulnerable populations and looked after children.


This framework is intended to help Governing bodies, SLT, SENDCOs, Designated Teachers, Pastoral Teams and teaching teams evaluate where skills and strengths currently lie, and to identify gaps in knowledge, applied practice, systems, policy, and leadership that may be identified as areas where change can occur. From the completed evaluations, data generated can help settings to plan, implement, and evaluate change processes to provide positive and relationally enhanced experiences for vulnerable and looked after children in education.

Advanced Attachment and Trauma Training: Day 5

Part of a series of training days for educators and other child welfare professionals who are involved in promoting children's learning and development. This training focusses on building trust, emotional management, building esteem, self-efficacy, and belonging.

Schools as a Safe Place is also available as two days training without the additional advanced attachment and trauma training.

S.T.I.A.A. S.E.F. Training is available to introduce the S.E.F. to education communities who wish to use the online tool. Summit can attend your setting and introduce the S.E.F. to your teaching teams and staff. Sessions to introduce the S.E.F. will also be available at regional training venues. Details can be found in events and training or by contacting Staffordshire's Virtual School


Summit can provide consultation for education communities completing the S.E.F., prior to, during, and post completion. Summit can help you through the change process utilising the 'Plan, Do Study, Act' cycle. Summit can also assist in the development and review of action plans as you work towards attachment aware and trauma informed changes.

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The S.T.I.A.A. S.E.F. has a range of supplementary and accompanying resources which are available to education communities. Resources are in a password protected area. To request access to the materials, please email Summit.

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