Trauma Informed Schools

Well-being and Trauma Informed Schools Status


Our Trauma Informed School’s Status

At St Francis we are very proud of our Trauma Informed School (TIS) status and the TIS approach is central to all we do. We are fortunate enough to have several members of staff who have worked hard to achieve practitioner status in the form of a Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health-Informed Schools.


We invest in TIS training for our whole St Francis team. This enables every member of staff, whether they are teachers, lunchtime supervisors or administrative staff, to understand and compassionately support our whole school community.


Headstart Kernow research shows that ‘schools who adopt a multi-component approach are more effective in promoting social, emotional health and mental wellbeing.’  Our Trauma Informed Team is led by Mrs Nicky Sutton, Mrs Sutton is also our Pastoral Lead, Health and Well-being Champion and a Penhaligan’s Friends Bereavement Councillor.


At St Francis C of E Primary School, we believe that every member of the school community has the right to feel listened to, to be valued and respected, and for all people to be treated fairly. Our mission statement, every person matters, every person helps, every person succeeds so that each of us live "life in all its fullness". (John 10:), is central and the driving force of all we do.  We believe that self-esteem affects all thinking and behaviour and impacts on learning and performance, consequently we aim to provide positive experiences everyday so that our children are given the tools to be the happiest, and the best, that they can be.


A trauma informed approach means that when children experiences a bump in the road, they have been supported to build the resilience and emotional literacy necessary to help them through.


The core beliefs of St Francis C of E school are that:

  • The best interest of the child is always central
  • Emotionally available adults are key to supporting children’s relationships, understanding and trust.
  • The voice of every child is always heard and valued
  • Praise and a positive system of rewards will increase children’s self-esteem and confidence and help them to achieve greater success.
  • When children make mistakes the most powerful learning occurs.
  • Reinforcing and modelling good choices and behaviour help our children feel good about themselves.
  • Working in partnership with parents in key to achieving the best outcomes for our children.


What this will look like at St Francis C of E school:

  • Creating an environment of psychological and physical safety is fundamental
  • One size does not fit all – children’s individuality and developmental level is understood and considered.
  • All behaviour is viewed as communication
  • Our school ethos and approach has a common language, consistency and understanding
  • Supporting children to develop the capacity for self-regulation through recognised strategies such as Dr Dan Hughes’ PACE and through individual interventions
  • Policies reflect the learning from neuroscience and attachment theory
  • A highly structured and predictable environment
  • Adaptive to the needs and requirements of the child
  • A ‘we learn from our mistakes’ culture

There is a wealth of information available about Trauma Informed Schools and mental health, if you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us at school or have a look the websites below.


Trauma Informed Schools


Headstart Kernow


NHS One You