Attachment Based Mentoring
Attachment Based Mentoring is a project run by the Educational Psychology Service and Behaviour Support Service, and is specifically developed for vulnerable children. The project draws together research from the fields of attachment, solution focused coaching and social learning. It aims to train staff to meet the specific needs of vulnerable children by providing them with significant adults in school who are able to provide a secure base and use coaching to support development. The project involves 2 days of training aimed at developing a theoretical understanding of the needs of vulnerable children as well as the practical skills needed to start mentoring. This is followed by 2 half day supervision sessions where participants can share good practice and discuss cases. The course is relevant for all staff working with vulnerable children including designated teachers for CIC, SENDCos, teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support assistants.
Feedback from the project has been overwhelmingly positive;
‘As long as we embrace the new project as wholeheartedly as the trainers have- and I am determined that we will- the impact should be enormous.’
‘The course was really practical, thorough, detailed and enjoyable. It has enabled me to take this forward with confidence and enthusiasm.’
‘It was absolutely inspirational. The best training I’ve been on for a long time- thank you.’
Teachers and mentors have noticed significant improvements in a range of areas including emotional regulation, engagement in learning and peer relationships. The children themselves appear to have greatly valued feeling listened to and having someone in school to talk to. Significant themes emerging from children’s comments relate to feeling less worried, having more friends and getting on better in lessons.