Supporting pupil mental health: Trauma


This bitesize CPD collection is part of a series of online micro learning units for teachers and school leaders on supporting pupil mental health and wellbeing in practice. The units offer insights into best practice in supporting children and young people, building on the latest evidence base. They are designed to develop knowledge around a range of topics that now form part of the statutory Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum, supporting teachers to consider how they might most effectively deliver these topics as part of the curriculum. Specifically, topics covered include:


These online micro learning units incorporate a range of content types to support professional learning and reflective practice, including:

  • Recordings from ‘Pedagogy in practice’ – a webinar series developed in partnership with The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) with a focus on how to teach key topics aligned with the RSHE curriculum
  • Access to a Padlet with ideas and resources shared by teachers
  • Case studies from practising teachers and school leaders and research reviews summarising the latest evidence base
  • Reflective questions to support learning and reading lists signposting further sources and support.

This online learning is being supported by the Bupa Foundation and the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).



This webinar brought together teachers from a range of settings to consider how they are supporting pupils to understand trauma, featuring a presentation by Amy Sayer (FCCT) and a panel discussion with Jayne Edwards (Specialist Leader in Education for SEND and Early Years SEND Specialist, Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School), Beth Khan (MCCT) (Teacher of English, Invictus Education Trust), Jan Forshaw (Head of Education, Coram Life Education) and Jonathan Baggaley (CEO, PSHE Association). Further details can be found on the event page on our Video Hub.


Webinar transcript download


Ideas and resources were shared during the webinar on this Padlet


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Articles and case studies

Hear about approaches to understanding and responding to trauma to support pupil mental health. We invite you to make notes on the approaches and research reported on in these articles to inform your own next steps and consider how you might apply some of these insights in your own setting.

Changing our use of feedback and becoming a trauma-informed school: A case study
Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
All you need is love: Leading with love in challenging times
Trauma-informed schools: A case study

Research Reviews

The first research review outlines how to support students experiencing trauma in the classroom. The second discusses approaches to supporting children who are looked after by the state who may have experienced trauma.

How to support students experiencing trauma in your classroom
Criminal justice education children
Supporting Looked After Children – a much-needed model for training teachers

Reflective questions

  • In what ways has this learning resonated with your existing knowledge about trauma or perhaps shifted your thinking?
  • To what extent do you currently provide a trauma-informed approach in your context?
  • What new strategies to support a trauma-informed approach might you begin to apply in your context?
  • How will you ensure staff buy-in when implementing these strategies?
  • How will you include all members of your school community when supporting students who have experienced trauma?
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