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Adoption matters: A training for virtual schools and designated teachers

Family Futures supports schools in developing teacher understanding of the holistic impact of adverse in-utero experiences and early trauma by delivering training and providing cohesive strategies to use within the education setting.

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Standard Professional, Associate Professional

Course objectives

This course explores the impact of early trauma on the brain and body, and how this influences the child’s presentation within the education setting, ranging from disruptive and acting-out behaviour to compliance and people-pleasing conduct.

It suggests tried and tested strategies for the education setting, for home-school relations and ideas to support parents.

Recognising that virtual schools and designated teachers are often the ‘first call’ for parents, the course looks at home-school communication and suggests ways of supporting these parents in their own understanding of their child.

The course will provide pointers to accessing appropriate support for LAC and adopted children in relation to Education, Health and Care Plans etc.

What skills will you take away?

  • A comprehensive understanding of the impact of adverse in-utero experiences and early trauma
  • Practical ideas for assessing children’s needs and strengths
  • A range of hands-on strategies to help LAC and adopted children at school
  • Ways to support foster carers, special guardians and adoptive parents
  • Pointers to evidence for accessing extra support for the child

Who should attend?

Virtual school heads and staff, designated teachers for LAC and adopted children in mainstream schools and academies, SENCOs, local authority staff with responsibility for promoting the educational achievement of relevant children in their area.


Marion Allen, Education Consultant, Family Futures

Marion taught in primary schools for over 20 years and is an adoptive mother. Marion has developed the education team at Family Futures over 11 years. In her role, she works with children, parents, teachers and therapists to support children’s education and provide training and support for teachers. She has spoken at Adoption UK and BAAF conferences and has published articles and books.


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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