For All Educational Communities

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 your whole education setting to complete and with the accompanying publication, the framework provides a clear structure from which whole school staff, teaching teams and practitioners within the education workforce can reflect on their own personal practice. The S.E.F. also explores knowledge and expertise, provides opportunity to reflect on the school’s systems, 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.

The Schools Trauma Informed and Attachment Aware (S.T.I.A.A.) Self Evaluation Framework (S.E.F.) is available to all educational communities in the UK. We can introduce the S.E.F. to any educational community from primary to secondary, in any sector, and who want relational care to be at the heart of their relationships with children and young people.


This is a complete package and Summit will provide CPD and consultation for educational communities completing the S.E.F., prior to, during, and post completion. Summit will support you through the change process utilising the 'Plan, Do Study, Act' cycle. You will  be assisted in the development and review of action plans as you work towards attachment aware and trauma informed changes within your educational community.


Introductory webinars and follow up virtual sessions to are scheduled throughout the year and can also be co-ordinated to meet your settings operational time frames. Details can be found in events and training or by contacting us directly via email


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The S.T.I.A.A. S.E.F. has a range of free supplementary and accompanying resources which are available to educational communities completing the S.E.F.

Resources are in a password protected area. To request access to the materials, please email Summit.

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