Online Tools for Understanding Attachment and its Impact in the Classroom

29/09/2021

All staff, in every school and setting, need to have some understanding of the importance of secure attachment because, in every setting, there will be students whose insecure attachment to the teacher or the task will seriously interfere with their academic progress.

All staff, in every school and setting, need to have some understanding of the importance of secure attachment because, in every setting, there will be students whose insecure attachment to the teacher or the task will seriously interfere with their academic progress.

Many of you will have heard about attachment aware schools, those settings that are doing their best to support their vulnerable children who may have experienced issues with attachment. But child behaviour, even challenging behaviour, is actually telling the teacher the child is needy and requires help. There may be many different factors in the child’s background that influence challenging behaviour in school but there is now an APP for both teachers and parents to help understand what behaviour is communicating and offers many strategies to help the child settle at home and in school.

Think about some of the children in your school, who struggle to sit still, are highly anxious, need constant reassurance or maybe they argue about rules, misinterpret signals or are hypervigilant.

Well I’m delighted to let you know that help is at hand. Worth Publishing and CourseWeDo have these two APPs and a range of products to support staff in your school to support children and young people.

Reach2Teach APP (For School Staff -95% of users recommend it to others)

The Reach2Teach: Awareness & Behaviour APP. is a web-based app (accessed via the internet on any internet enabled computer, laptop, tablet and phone). It is attachment-aware, trauma-informed and underpinned by ACE research.

It enables you to Select a behaviour (from a grid of 40) that a pupil may be trying to communicate to you and explains;

• what that behaviour means and what insecure attachment style it could be associated with
• what the pupil’s needs are from a relational point of view and from what they need from learning
• different things to do to support the pupil, how to build a relationship with the pupil, how to help the pupil to settle to learn (over 450 instant practical approaches, strategies in total).

Reach4CARE APP - Communication Attachment Responsiveness Empathy (For Parents/Carers)

Very recently the Reach4Care App was also launched to support carers, parents & guardians of fostered & adopted children in understanding and responding to attachment and anxiety related behaviours.

The App lets you click on any behaviour presented by the child (from a list of 36) to find out more about what might be going on for your child and what their behaviour might be communicating. You’ll find a huge range of ideas & things to try, to help your child to develop, thrive and of course, feel loved and safe.

The support you get from the Reach4Care App comes from tried-and-tested educational and parental experience, underpinned by UK and USA research.

Assessment For Inclusion Tool (AFIT)

Reach2Teach AFIT enables you and your team to:
• help the inclusion of as many pupils as possible and thus prevent exclusions
• identify the relational and learning needs underlying behaviour and performance
• identify which interventions and approaches are most likely to help
• collate information on the pupil’s background information, home situation, what triggers and what calms the pupil
• evidence how staff are supporting the pupil, customised to your setting
• track changes in how settled the pupil is, and how their capacity for learning is increasing
• correlate changes with Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire SDQs
• print, save and share all data (GDPR compliant)
• improve communication for the team supporting the pupil
• import pupil information from systems like SIMS for speed of start-up
• transfer data between schools or areas if pupils move

Here are some of things people have said about the AFIT tool

'We are starting to now have a better understanding of why the children behave like they do and what we can do to tackle these issues for the children and the families. Children and families feel better supported so we have moved significant steps forward.'
(Primary)

'We are using it [AFIT] more and more and schools have been really positive. It is such a good resource.'
(Virtual School Head)

To find out more about any of the above please come and see me on Stand 79: Attuned Education.

Sheila Mulvenney
CourseWeDO Consultant
sheila.mulvenney@coursewedo.com

Author: Attuned Education