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This event is suitable for Ealing maintained schools and all other schools
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Event description

Developmental Trauma is typified by children who have experienced repeated trauma, such as neglect and abuse and a failure of their primary caregivers to protect them.

Developmental Trauma is known to impact upon a child’s neurological, physiological, cognitive, relational and affective development.

Research evidence and professional experience highlights that these young people are the most vulnerable in our schools. National statistics show that they are at increased risk of educational failure, mental health difficulties and being permanently excluded from school.

The DfE, Ofsted and NICE guidance strongly advocate that education staff have an understanding of children who have experienced Developmental Trauma and how to meet their needs.

This four-session course will run over the Autumn term 2020 and will equip delegates with this knowledge. Please note PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL 4 SESSIONS. 

This course will be of particular interest to those staff working with vulnerable children (particularly Looked After or Previously Looked After) who are presenting with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. More than one staff member per school/setting welcomed and encouraged.


Gabrielle Pelter - Educational Psychologist, Ealing Virtual School for Looked After Children
Alexandra Setzkorn - Educational Psychologist, Ealing Educational Psychology Service

Cost: This course is free to all Ealing schools

Training objectives

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

Learn about Developmental Trauma and how it impacts on 

-  Brain development 

-  Attachment and relationships 

-  Social and emotional development  

-  Learning 

-  Learn how to use this knowledge to support children’s behaviour and development. 

Delegates will also:

-  Learn how to use the PACE approach to support children’s emotional regulation

-  Consider the emotional impact on practitioners of working with troubled pupils and how to support staff

-  Acquire an understanding of the unique experiences and challenges faced by children in care; adopted from care; or otherwise permanently placed

This course (run by previous trainers, Irene Tymkiw, Senior Educational Psychologist and Dean Flanagan, Educational Psychologist) has been very positively evaluated by previous delegates:

‘The course has been amazing and very informative’ (LSA)

‘This is one of the most informative and enjoyable courses I have been on. The structure, content and delivery have been spot on; a well thought out process that delivered the right blend of theory and practical strategies. Thank you’ (Headteacher)

‘A brilliant course that all SLT should attend and Early years staff. A good start is key. One of the best courses I’ve attended’ (Deputy Head, Safeguarding and Inclusion lead)

Target Group

Education professionals e.g. Head teachers, Assistant/Deputy Head teachers, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Inclusion Managers, SENCOs, Designated Teachers and Pastoral Leads. This course will be of particular interest to those working with socially and emotionally vulnerable children and young people.

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Subject areas Learning and teaching
Target audience All school staff (teaching and non teaching)
OFSTED areas
Professional Standards
Venue Ealing Education Centre, Mansell Road, UB6 9EH map
Admin contact Gabrielle Pelter (
Event Commissioner Bridie McDonagh (
Course Costs
Standard cost£524.00
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Start date Tuesday 4 October 2022
Times 09:00 - 12:00
Number of sessions This event has 4 sessions. Click here to view session information.