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Attachment Aware Schools Project

Dudley Virtual School is currently involved in the Attachment Aware Schools Project.

Dudley is working on this exciting project with:

This pilot project aims to support schools in promoting positive mental health and resilience in their pupils and so support looked after and vulnerable children across the Borough. This part of the initiative is a pilot which is aimed to inform the roll-out of a national programme.

A flier describing the Project can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. It explains how you, your school and the children on your roll could benefit.

The Process

All Dudley Schools were invited to express an interest in taking part by 15th May 2015. They will be expected to:

  • Attend the ‘Attachment Aware Schools Ignition Conference’ in January for the whole school

  • Take part in training on ‘Emotion Coaching: Helping children and young people to manage their own behaviour’ for the whole school during the first half of Spring Term 2016

  • Identify staff members to be ‘Emotion Coaching Champions’

  • Receive support sessions with colleagues from school Counselling, Educational & Clinical Psychology Teams

  • Opt-in to online CPD tools provided by Kate Cairns Associates

  • Collect data for a small sample of case study children and young people

  • Attend a ‘Wrap-Up Conference’ at the end of first year of project in January 2017

One secondary school, 3 primary schools and one special school were randomly selected from submissions made. Unsuccessful schools will have the opportunity to access the materials and training offered at a later stage and also benefit from the findings of the pilot.

If your school is interested in taking part please download the further information, complete the Expression of Interest Form below and return it to the Virtual School at

If you require any further information or wish to discuss the Project please contact us.