Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools Award

We are pleased to announce that Brynllywarch Hall School is the first school in Powys to be awarded Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools status. Don’t take our word for it, have a look at the report yourself

A Trauma-Informed Approach

There is a growing body of research on the impact childhood adversity has on long-term mental and physical health.  To ensure every child develops positive mental health and resilience, our aim is to:

  • support children to make sense of their experience(s)
  • find ways to manage their emotions and feelings
  • create an environment of safety, connection and compassion at all times
  • build a school network of strong, positive, supportive relationships through training
  • ensure children maintain the capacity to learn, despite difficult events that may occur

The Brynllywarch behaviour and relationship policy reflects a trauma-informed approach and our rewards and sanctions are both developmentally and trauma-informed.

We do not operate a ‘zero tolerance’ or ‘one size fits all’ approach to distressed behaviour.  We have high expectations of behaviour for all, however rigorous support is offered to those having difficulty meeting those expectations.

Trauma Informed Schools is an organisation committed to improving the health and well-being and ability to learn of the most vulnerable schoolchildren in the UK, namely those who have suffered trauma, abuse, neglect and/or have mental health problems or attachment issues.  It aims to provide appropriate training for schools, communities and organisations so that they become trauma informed and mentally healthy places for all.

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