The Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award recognises and celebrates best practice in attachment and trauma aware schools and settings. All Virtual School Head Teachers are invited to nominate a school or setting from their region for each category. The school was selected from across schools in Warwickshire to be the Virtual School’s nomination this year.
Ian Budd, Warwickshire's Assistant Director for Education Services, said this about the school.
The Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award recognises and celebrates best practice in attachment and trauma aware schools and settings.
Our very own St Giles Junior, Bedworth, has been shortlisted for the 2020 award!
Their work will be featured on the ARC website and will be put forward for the final stage where they could be in with a chance of receiving a cash prize.
The award, usually presented in person by Sir John Timpson, will be made to the school or setting in each category who, in the opinion of the ARC Judging Panel, has made a profound and lasting contribution to attachment and trauma aware practices.
This year Warwickshire Virtual School is taking 30 representatives from our schools to the, albeit this year, a virtual conference in a few weeks. We will all be rooting for St Giles!
St Giles staff, skilfully and passionately led by Robert Mann (HT) and Bethan Davies, have fully embraced the Virtual School Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed School project. From the beginning, their Chair of Governors described the training and development as “brilliant”.
Experienced staff noted that training delivered by Warwickshire Educational Psychology Service helped them to make even more connections with their previous knowledge and understanding. Rob and Beth noticed a change in staff attitude and values, highlighted in their understanding of why some children needed to be treated differently in order to enable them to access learning and develop positive relationships.
Very early in the project, a staff wellbeing box, which included pamper items, was set up, acknowledging the need to support each other in order to be able to support children. The training and development was a big part of the SIP and the SLT proactively focussed on problem solving linked to their assessment, evaluation and feedback.
St Giles Junior School fully embraced the spirit of the project, both at a whole school and strategic level. Their journey is still at the beginning. They are working hard to further develop their practice as a learning organisation and evaluate the efficacy of changes implemented, following training and facilitated support.
Congratulations to everyone at St Giles
Have a look at the video to find out more information.