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Behaviour and Relationships

Trauma informed approach to behaviour and relationships 


We are a nurturing, inclusive school and aim for every member of our school community to feel valued and respected. Through a culture of support and guidance, which is fair and restorative, pupils develop and reach their full potential. It is the belief that every child should be given Unconditional Positive Regard and we are committed to ensuring that our school develops a Trauma Informed Approach. Our approach will ensure that all of our pupils develop positive mental health and resilience, enabling them to fully engage in life and learning.


Fox Hill supports the belief that children and young people learn and thrive when they are healthy, feel safe and are engaged. Any child or young person who is anxious or unhappy at school or home for any reason is unlikely to thrive in their education. This is likely to have a detrimental effect on their mental health and well-being. 


There is a growing body of research on the impact childhood adversity (Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs) 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 with strong, positive, supportive relationships through training
  • ensure children maintain the capacity to learn, despite difficult events that may occur


At Fox Hill we aim to encourage a positive and stimulating environment where children will feel comfortable, valued and assured of success. We believe in providing every child with the opportunity to experience an inspirational education academically, emotionally and socially. We strongly believe that by identifying the barriers to learning, we can provide an inspiring and relevant curriculum that considers the whole child and provides the necessary support for pupils to achieve, develop and reach their true potential.


At Fox Hill Primary School we expect everybody to model our core values of Kindness, Curiosity, Self-belief and Pride, and our school rules of Ready, Respectful and Safe. We believe that when all adults model this behaviour then children will also do the same. We want all of our children to feel cared for and supported at all times and therefore, inappropriate behaviour is always addressed calmly and privately. To promote the positives, first attention is always given to the best conduct.


It is the responsibility of every adult in school to ensure that children understand what is expected in terms of behaviour. We have a whole school relational and restorative approach to behaviour and we ensure that behaviour standards are consistent throughout the school.


For more information please see our Behaviour Blueprint, and our Positive Behaviour Management and Relationships Policy. 



What is trauma?

Fox Hill has embraced a wider definition of trauma to encompass any event that is experienced as frightening, painful or out of control, characterised by there being no one available to support or mitigate the impact of traumatic toxic stress. Day-to-day exposure to events such as divorce, loss of a loved one, illness within the family, impact of Covid-19, preparing for an exam or moving to a new house can be experienced as traumatic. 


Both children and adults can be affected by toxic stress.


Trauma Informed Schools is an organisation committed to improving the health and wellbeing and ability to learn of the most vulnerable school children 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.


For more information please visit the following link.