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Walsall Schools shortlisted for award for best practice in attachment and trauma awareness

Published on 29 September 2020 Print

Two Walsall schools, Short Heath Federation School and Walsall Academy have been shortlisted for ‘The Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award’.

The award is sponsored by Sir John Timpson, who along with his wife Alex fostered over 90 children. Sir John recognises and celebrates best practice in school around supporting children who have experienced attachment and trauma.

Virtual schools around the country nominate schools for the award. This year Walsall Council put five schools forward for the award, two of which have been shortlisted. Both schools have been recognised for the work they are doing around trauma aware practices and have been shortlisted in the primary and secondary category of the award.

Councillor Chris Towe, Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills said, “I am extremely pleased that Short Heath Federation School and Walsall Academy have been recognised for the fantastic work they have been doing with attachment and trauma awareness.”

“Trauma and attachment can have adverse effects on a child’s understanding of relationships and this work helps to rebuild their sense of safety and build positive relationships supporting their overall learning.”

“Congratulations to both schools for getting this far in the awards process and best of luck in the final stages.”

Cathy Draper, Head at Short Heath Federation School said, “We are truly delighted to have been nominated and then shortlisted for this award. Even that, in itself, is recognition of the highly skilled work our staff do every day to support those children who have lived through adverse childhood experiences. Their resilience, commitment and creativity are evidence of our belief that Every Day, in every way, everyone matters.”

Simon Rogers, Head at Walsall Academy said, “We are honoured to be recognised for our work around attachment through our nomination and short-listing for the Timpson Award.  As a school we have been working hard to ensure that all young people who have lived through an adverse childhood experience feel safe and supported and are enabled to overcome the many barriers to learning that impact on them daily. The commitment, resilience and perseverance staff routinely demonstrate in not only supporting the academic needs of children but also their emotional and mental health needs make us very proud of our school community.”

Both schools will now make a short film showcasing and explaining the trauma and attachment work they are doing in school and if successful will be presented with the award by Sir John Timpson and receive £1000 to use to further develop trauma awareness in school.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 ARC Annual Conference on 24 November 2020.


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