Every teacher needs to understand the importance of attachment in schools because securely attached pupils can make good use of learning opportunities, trust the adults in the school and manage the challenges of school well. However many pupils come into our classes everyday unable to settle to learn, with preoccupied minds, feeling insecure and mistrustful. They may have learned behaviours which keep them safe outside school but which are not appropriate in school. They often show their fears and anxieties through challenging behaviour and disengagement from learning.
In this course, based on the best-selling book by Marie Delaney ‘Attachment for Teachers’, we will look at the different types of insecure attachment, how this shows up in school and practical strategies for teachers to use to support these pupils.
Topics covered will include:
- Who are these pupils? – How insecure attachment shows up in school
- The links between attachment, learning and behaviour
- Understanding the difference between behaviour management and behaviour change
- Effective use of teacher language for classroom management and skills development
- The curriculum as a vehicle for change and skills development
- Applying the thinking to specific case studies of pupils with suggested strategies
- Tips for teachers to retain their own sanity
- Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss how to apply their new knowledge to their own pupils and to engage with like-minded teachers for support and ideas.