Trauma Informed Approach and Behaviour Support

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

At Lionwood we know that no child learns without feeling safe and cared for. It is vital to us that children know that we value, respect and like them as individuals.  We know they have a right to learn and play in a safe and kind environment and every and the way we ensure this is by taking time to build a positive relationship with every child.  Some children come to us having suffered trauma and we know that every family has tough times at some point.  For this reason we use a Trauma-Informed approach that is based on protecting each child, relating positively, teaching them how to regulate their negative feelings and developing in them an ability to reflect on their feeling and actions.  All staff are trained in this approach.

More information about this approach can be found in our Relationship Policy:
Lionwood Junior School – Relationship policy 2021-22

We have a highly skilled Pastoral Team who will support children whose distressed behaviour becomes disruptive.
This Pastoral Team is made up of 
Headteacher – Maria Cornish
Deputy Headteacher – Faye Herron
Pastoral Support Worker – Kerry Didwell
SEN and Pastoral Lead – Lydia Eade

These members of staff have all completed the 10 day Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools.

They are also supported by our Safeguarding Lead – Trudy Sargeant and Parent Support Advisor – Glenda Prior – who have extensive training in Mental health, Trauma, Neglect and Safeguarding.

This approach ensures that are school is a kind and warm place to be and children feel liked, cared for and valued.  We ensure that any disruptive or unsafe behaviour is tackled straight away so that all children can learn.  

More information can be found in our Behaviour. Anti-bullying, Mental Health and Wellbeing and related Safeguarding policies:

Lionwood Junior School positive behaviour policy
Anti-Bullying Policy 2021
Mental health and Emotional Wellbeing policy 2021
Lionwood Junior School Safeguarding Policy – Dec 21
Managing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children Policy 2021 (1)

Children’s safety and wellbeing is paramount so parents should not hesitate to contact the school as soon as possible with any concerns.  The sooner we know, the sooner we can deal with any problems.