Announcement : ARC 21st November conference booking open NOW


Inclusion Now!

Exploring Creative Approaches to Attachment - better outcomes in your setting

Wednesday 21 November

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library of Birmingham

Members £189 + VAT

Non-members £239 + VAT

The day will consist of inspiring speakers and workshop sessions led by the best and brightest from different sectors, all looking to provide a fresh and creative perspective on how you could approach attachment within your school or setting.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your peers, share experiences and exchange views and ideas to take back with you.

See who is talking

  • Professor Judy Sebba, Rees Centre for Research in Fostering & Education at the University of Oxford Improving outcomes of vulnerable children and young people through changing school cultures
  • Lisa Cherry, Author & International Trainer Creating Social Change One Relationship at a Time
  • Dr David Colley, Chair of SEBDA & SEN/Inclusion Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University Attachment-Punishment-Exclusion: exploring the contradictions in current policy and guidance
  • Sally Kelly, NAVSH Chair & Head of Inclusion at Greenwich Virtual School The role of the Virtual School Headteacher in supporting development of attachment aware schools

Plus a performance from a Young People's Choir


Take part in a wide range of breakout sessions where you can hear from schools and teachers that have made huge steps forward on their attachment aware journey. Also you will meet other professionals that will provide you with support and guidance on your own journey.

  • Thriving Beyond Attachment – Lessnesshealth Primary School

    This bespoke workshop is designed for any professional who is keen to explore, effective ways of creating a safe, emotional space, for vulnerable pupils to thrive in education. The workshop will deliver a combination of theoretical, experiential and practical ways to help embed a philosophy of a well-being culture, for best possible outcomes.

    • Gain an understanding of attachment, attachment related behaviour and how trauma affect outcomes
    • To identify the challenges of teaching relationships with vulnerable pupils and ways to protect staff wellbeing
    • Ideas to develop school development plans, that are supportive in creating an attachment friendly environment in school
    • Explore ways to create strategies for supporting well-being in education
    • Engage with effective way to measure and monitoring pupil wellbeing
  • North Birmingham Academy’s journey: A look at SEMH provision impact on attendance and behaviour – North Birmingham Academy

    The workshop will look at the provisions we have put in place at North Birmingham Academy in the past 2 years and the support, training and advice we have received to best implement them. The impact these provisions have had on school attendance and behaviour. The final part will look at the next steps we are taking in relation to whole school training to become an attachment aware and trauma informed school.

  • The Boxall Profile in Practice – Nurture UK

    Many practitioners and teachers use the Boxall Profile to assess the social, emotional and wellbeing of children and young people and put in place interventions. As part of this workshop, delegates will discover how attachment underpins the Boxall Profile, and in particular how attachment awareness can help practitioners better understand the needs and difficulties of children they are working with.

    Using three case studies of primary age children, the Boxall Profile assessments, plans and interventions will be discussed. Practical strategies used in the nurture group and beyond will be also shared.

  • The Home-School Front: Working together with parents and carers of adopted and permanently placed children – Adoption UK

    More than 60% of adoptive parents report that their child’s schooling is a significant source of stress in their family life. Four out of five adoptive families feel that their child needs more support in school. The dynamics of the home-school relationship for children with attachment difficulties can be complex. This workshop will explore the experiences of previously looked-after children and their parents and carers, based on Adoption UK research with thousands of families, and consider strategies to combine the expertise that is brought to the table by both parents/carers and educators, and maximise the potential of the home-school partnership.

  • Dust off those old board games – INSPIRE – DIG DEEP

    A practical approach that looks at the incorporation of board and card games within an educational setting as a reward and therapeutic attachment and resilience building device.

  • Adoption and Attachment – Inspired Foundation

    This workshop will look at the journey that children take through the care system and into adoptive placements. Participants will learn about the definitions and causes of early trauma and attachment difficulties, as well as behaviours that may present as a result of these issues. There will be the opportunity to consider a variety of approaches and strategies to support adoptive children and their families.

  • Including children with SEND in the life of a school – Rodney House Specialist Support School

    The workshop will very briefly cover the challenges and joys of making adaptations for children who have additional needs. I will share my experience of working in both mainstream and specialist settings to illustrate that anxiety is an underlying factor for many children who may present as challenging and offer some suggestions to make life easier for both the child and the staff at school.

  • You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself – Meadow View Farm School

    In this workshop we will explore and unpick the impact of working with SEMH. We will look to share systems and processes that ensure staff wellbeing is of key importance. We will challenge ways in which we work that can lead to negative outcomes for the amazing people on the frontline day in day out. Through focused activities, case studies of success, questions and answers this content packed workshop will be future focused with the aim of developing systems and practice to better outcomes for all. This workshop is open to anyone but is particularly appropriate working with young people with SEMH in mainstream or specialist settings.

Members £189 + VAT

Non-members £239 + VAT

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What delegates said about the 2017 ARC Annual Conference …

"I thought the ARC conference was an excellent day again. It was well organised, productive and another opportunity to inspire each other and share best practice around building attachment aware schools. Looking forward to next year already!"

"The workshops were really informative and the guest speakers inspirational! We all came away with ideas around how to move forward…"

We hope you enjoyed our 6th December conference. The day was filled with enthusiasm and inspiration for building an attachment aware community.

We are proud of what we have achieved so far and what we believe it will do to support ‘Sam’ to ‘shine’.

Speaker Presentations

Key note speaker - Sir John Timpson CBE

Professor Jeremy Holmes

Dr Andrew Rogers

Tony Clifford