Trauma informed practice is used in all SENDAT schools and provisions.

Trauma Informed Umbrella

As part of our Trauma informed practice we use a range of strategies, approaches and resources. The TIS Umbrella is a summary of these.

  • High aspirations for all
  • Curriculum Pathways
  • Co-production
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Choice Theory
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motional
  • and more…….

SENDAT TIS umbrella download as PDF

We have a therapy team working across the Trust.

This includes:

  • Art Therapy
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Music Therapy
  • SaLT through the NHS
  • Sand, play, puppet, lego therapy

Mrs Hopkins manages our Therapy team

TIS is embedded in the work of all SENDAT schools and provision. 

It supports our aspiration to make all our decision making on outcomes for our students.

Being a Trauma Informed school isn’t separate, an intervention or something that is done by just a few.  It’s our culture, our approach, and our commitment by everyone.  From our caretaking, catering, admin staff to playleaders, teaching assistants and teachers, we’ve embedded this approach across our Trust to enable all our staff to respond to the needs of each and every one of our students. 

We are committed to continuing training for staff on TIS, therapies and Motional.

We have worked with the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education to  include Art, Play, Puppet, Lego, Outdoor and Sand Play therapies, together with the Mindfulness, Sensory Regulation  and Therapeutic Conversations, in our everyday support

Motional website supports the assessment and tracking of students TIS needs and our school teams are using a wide range of therapies to support our students who may be experiencing barriers to learning.

Our relationships policy guides the work we do in this area. Download the policy here.

063-2020 Relationships policy

Trauma Informed approaches are key to the work in all our schools and it underpins our ethos and all the work we do.

From: ” TIS UK”

A trauma informed school is one that is able to support children and teenagers who suffer with trauma or mental health problems and whose troubled behaviour acts as a barrier to learning. Our training programmes were born out of a response to major public health studies that have shown that when children who have suffered several painful life experiences, are unhelped, there is a very high chance of them going on to suffer severe mental and physical ill-health. We therefore support schools, communities and other organisations in providing relationships for these children that heal minds, brains and bodies. Key conversational skills in addressing and making sense of what has happened are central to our work as is a major shift in whole school/organisation/community culture.


‘Rising numbers of children are presenting with mental health difficulties in schools and current teaching environments are struggling to keep up. Many children have a high ACE score (meaning multiple adverse childhood experiences) known to leave children at risk of mental and physical ill-health later in life and even early death’ (The ACE study Felitti and Anda, a study involving over 17,000 people). With the cuts in CAMHS and with over 1 million children in the UK with a mental health problem, schools are often left holding the baby. Children spend 190 days a year at school so we believe that schools are very well placed to pick up the baton and help these children.

TIS UK offer training to schools to empower and enable key staff to be able to respond effectively to mild to moderate mental health problems. The government Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ (December 2017) wants a Mental Health Lead in every school (trained member of school staff). Their research found that appropriately trained teachers /teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those of trained therapists. To quote, “There is evidence that appropriately-trained and supported staff such as teachers, school nurses, counsellors, and teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems (such as anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder)”

From the ACE study to practical implementation, our interventions are informed by over 1000 cutting edge up to date research studies from neuroscience, medicine and psychology. We offer whole school inductions (whole or half a day) Senior Leads training (two days) and a Practitioner training leading to the award of Diploma in Trauma and Mental health Informed schools (University award route 12 weekend days, non- University route 10 days). We offer training in London and throughout the UK