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Useful resources

There are a wide range of useful published resources available for all professionals working with children in care.

Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges to improve outcomes for all children and young people.

Their website has a huge range of resources for DTs including school audits and DT self-evaluation tools.

Emotion Coaching is a way of communicating with young people advocated by Birmingham Virtual School and training for staff is available through the Birmingham’s Trauma Informed Attachment Aware School Settings programme (TIASS), who deliver a whole range of school training.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are a charity with a moral imperative – to support teachers and senior leaders to raise attainment and close the disadvantage gap – which roots its response to this educational challenge in the best available evidence.

What Works for Children's Social Care seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by bringing the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the children’s social care sector. We were commissioned by the Department for Education to work alongside CASCADE at Cardiff University.

Engagement and co-design are central to our approach and we are working in close consultation with leaders, practitioners, children and young people, families and researchers across the sector to:

  • Identify gaps in the evidence, and create new evidence through trials and evaluations.
  • Collate, synthesise and review existing evidence.
  • Develop, test and publish tools and services that support the greater use of evidence and inform the design of the future centre.
  • Champion the application of robust standards of evidence in children's social care research.

See the full range of resources that Birmingham Virtual School offer.

Trauma informed attachment aware school settings programme (TIASS)

Birmingham Virtual School works in partnership with Birmingham's Education Psychology Service to deliver a whole range of school training, advice and guidance to support them in their journey in becoming an attachment and trauma informed setting.

Through the TIASS training staff will understand the neuroscience behind attachment and trauma that stops vulnerable children from accessing learning.

They will then draw on this knowledge to:

  • develop the school ethos and culture
  • update school policies so that they reflect the additional needs of their children/young people with attachment difficulties or who have experienced childhood trauma such teaching and learning policies, behaviour and exclusions policies, anti-bullying policies.
  • develop personalised classroom teaching and behaviour management strategies to enable vulnerable or disengaged pupils to make progress
  • build effective relationships with parents, carers and other agencies
  • support effective transitions for vulnerable pupils or those at risk of becoming disengaged

Birmingham Virtual School is also represented at Birmingham's Emotional Health and well-being strategy group, who work to coordinate the range of support available for educational settings across the city.