E-Learning Sessions

Attachment in the Classroom

Course Overview:

  • Attachment theory
  • Neuroscience and attachment
  • Attachment styles
  • Supporting children with different attachment styles in the classroom

This course is led by Dr Randeep Kaur (Educational Psychologist) and Robyn Bullingham (Trainee Educational Psychologist) and lasts approximately 50 minutes and there are a number of opportunities to pause the training to reflect on and discuss the content (if completing within a larger group). We recommend completing this training before the ‘Trauma-informed Practice’ training.


Digital Transitions

Course Overview:

“I am...” Digital transition stories are a powerful, effective and empowering strategy that can be used to support children and young people, families, parents/carers, and settings with transitions. Examples of transitions may include changes of setting or school, moving to another class or key stage or changes of adults who support the child or young person. The stories take a strengths-based child focused approach and create a rich and contextual insight into the child. The concept of ‘I am...” videos, was created by the University of Southampton in collaboration with ACoRNS and The Aviary Nursery.

The course is led by two of our Assistant Psychologists, Felicity Upton and Caroline Harley, and lasts approximately 35 minutes. There are opportunities to pause the training and reflect upon examples within your own setting. The session aims to support the ability to create “I am...” Digital transition stories.


Trauma Informed Practice

Course Overview:

  • Definitions of trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Resilience
  • Being trauma-informed within the setting

This course is led by Dr Randeep Kaur and Dr Chris Wood (Educational Psychologists) and lasts approximately 45minutes and there are a number of opportunities to pause the training to reflect on and discuss the content (if completing within a larger group).  We recommend completing this training after the ‘Attachment in the Classroom’ training, but before the PACE training.


Supporting children and young people using the PACE model during the return from the partial closure of schools

The PACE model is grounded in trauma-informed practice and is a method that guides adults in how to help children feel safe, secure and trust in them. It focuses on the strengths and positive attributes of the child. PACE stands for playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy. This is a free introductory training video developed by the Educational Psychology Service. If you would like this session to be delivered live to your staff or would like a follow-up Q&A session once this has been watched, please contact your link Educational Psychologist.


Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid is a humane, simple and powerful way of helping someone in distress during and after a crisis event, such as the coronavirus pandemic. Psychological First aid involves paying attention to the person’s reactions, active listening and if relevant, practical assistance to help address immediate problems and basic needs. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. This training video has been developed by the Educational Psychology Service and directly links the use of Psychological First Aid to support people who may have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including a case-study for practical application of knowledge.

Psychological First Aid Guide


Autism and Emotional Wellbeing

People with autism are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. However, the mental health of people with autism is often overlooked or ignored. That’s why it’s really important that the services people with autism use, are able to properly identify their social, emotional and mental health needs so people can get the right support at the right time. This session will increase your understanding of autism and emotional wellbeing/ mental health issues and increase your confidence in identifying and supporting the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people with autism.

Course Overview:

  • Autism and Mental Health
    • How are they linked?
    • Why are they linked?
  • Impact of Covid 19
  • What can you do?

This course is led by Julie Metcalf, a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist with a specialism in Autism. This session is a narrated PowerPoint presentation that you can work through at your own pace. It is likely to take you around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Autism and Emotional Wellbeing Powerpoint