First UK School to Address Early-Life Trauma Planned

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From The Guardian: “The UK’s first school for children who have experienced early-life trauma such as neglect or abuse and are currently being failed by the education system could open within two years.

The short-stay school would provide children aged four to seven with therapy and education to prepare them to rejoin mainstream schooling.

The proposed Your Place academy in Norwich has had input from leading psychiatrists and psychologists and aims to create a template that could be copied elsewhere.

Harmful early experiences including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, loss of a parent or exposure to drugs or alcohol in the womb can have a significant impact on a child’s social and emotional development.

Schools often respond with behaviour management approaches such as isolation booths or, if those fail, expulsion. Existing alternative provision tends to be for older children and of variable quality.”

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