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Attachment and relationship aware schools programme

The Attachment and Relationship Aware Schools programme (formerly known as Attachment Aware Schools) has developed and deepened knowledge and practice of attachment awareness, trauma informed understanding and relational practice in Derbyshire schools.

The attachment and relationship aware schools programme has been designed to improve the teaching and learning environment for children in care, those who have been care experienced and all vulnerable learners in schools and settings.


The taught programme includes learning on:

  • relationships in education
  • attachment theory
  • understanding trauma and its impact if experienced in early years
  • exploring human behaviour
  • impact of the physical environment of school
  • self-regulation through co-regulation
  • emotional literacy and attachment aware language
  • whole school development
  • project and change management
  • action research

After completing the programme schools become part of the Derbyshire ARAS networking community and benefit from ongoing training and support from the Virtual School.


For more information, email