Education Service

Children and young people who have experienced early life trauma can experience a range of challenges in school. The Department for Education is increasingly recognising the long term impact of trauma and loss.

PAC-UK's Education Service offers a range of services to enable schools, parents and guardians and education and social care professionals to meet the needs of children who have experienced difficult starts in life. As an education provider you can use Pupil Premium Plus to purchase any of our specialist education services:

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PAC-UK Education Service Presents: e-Learning

The online training for education professionals on attachment: a self-guided route to becoming an adoption friendly school

I would highly recommend this training to anyone interested in schools, trauma, attachment and loss or are working with adoption children. It’s one of the best value for money bits of e-training I’ve undertaken! Stuart Guest, Headteacher at Colebourne Primary School in Birmingham

Stuart Guest published a detailed review of his PAC-UK e-Learning experience on his blog here.

Whilst PAC-UK’s training is centred on the needs of previously looked after children, the e-learning is relevant in supporting and meeting the needs of all vulnerable children – a key focus area for Ofsted. The training is relevant for everyone who works in or alongside schools, early years and FE settings. Developed with funding from the Department of Education, the e-learning has three modules:

  • Module 1 Understanding attachment and trauma: Explores the needs of children that have experienced a difficult start in life
  • Module 2 Creating adoption friendly classrooms and schools: Provides strategies to support vulnerable children in the classroom
  • Module 3 Becoming an adoption friendly school: Delivers ideas on how to make whole school systems suitable for children that have experienced early life trauma

Our engaging videos and specialist trainers will guide you through each module, culminating in quizzes to consolidate your learning.

Upon successful completion of the final quiz for each module, this training counts as 3 hours CPD training.

Prices start at £35 plus VAT per licence with discounts available for purchases of over 10 group licences.

Online payments - Once payment is made you will receive instant access to the information you need to activate your e-Learning licences and access content:

For online payments - purchase your e-Learning licence/s here for instant access

Invoice and purchase order payments - If you unable to make an online payment for your e-Learning licence/s and/or require an invoice before making payment (please note, for invoice and purchase order payments you will not receive your e-Learning site access information until your order has been processed):

For invoice and purchase order payments - order your e-Learning licence/s here

The below video gives a taster of what you can expect from the training. You can also download our e-Learning Promotional Flyer. For further enquiries please contact Lisa O'Callaghan by emailing

Training & Consultations for Education Providers

Our training helps participants to understand trauma, loss and attachment, and provides practical evidence-informed strategies to support children. Following our partnership with Adoption-UK, PAC-UK’s education training now encompasses elements of  Adoption UK’s ‘Life in The Classroom’ to offer a combined training product suitable for a wide range of education professionals, including teaching staff, ITT providers, teaching assistants, SENCo’s and other professionals working with children in education.

Education providers can buy in sessions lasting 1.5 hours (£300) , 2 hours (£350) and 3 hours (£450). PAC-UK also offer consultations which focus on specific children. These child-focused consultations support the team around the child to understand the child’s strengths and difficulties in light of their early life experiences, and to agree to a support plan based on evidence-informed interventions. We also offer systemic consultations to schools, to develop whole-school good practice and policies.

To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form. For further enquiries please contact Lisa O'Callaghan by emailing

For more information on our full range of services for education providers, download our Education Service Overview Leaflet.

Intensive casework

If you are a school or local authority that would like to commission intensive casework, please contact If you are a parent or guardian, please use our education advice line (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 12pm term time only), or email

We also work jointly with our Child & Family Service in London and Leeds to provide educational assessments and consultations as part of our packages of therapeutic support for families.

Commissioned training days

We offer a range of training days which are commissioned by adoption services and virtual schools for adoptive parents, special guardians, school staff and education and social care professionals. Current training days include:

  • The adopted child in school: Understanding and meeting children’s educational needs
  • All change: Supporting adopted and permanently placed children with transitions
  • Spending it wisely: Effective use of the Pupil Premium Plus
  • Becoming adoption friendly schools: Support on the journey
  • Developing children’s executive functioning skills

To commission a training day or enquire about a bespoke training day, please complete our online booking form. For further enquiries please contact Lisa O'Callaghan by emailing

In addition the commissioned training days listed above, we also put on specialist topic training events (open to all) which are delivered from our Leeds or London offices from time to time. Details of upcoming training events can be found below.

Supporting children with histories of trauma and loss - London

Price: £90.00

Date: November 21, 2018

This training event is aimed at those who work with children that have experienced a difficult start in life e.g. education professionals, social workers, youth workers, tutors (one to one and group based). Attendees will explore the impact of early trauma and strategies schools can use to support children.

The training will take a deeper look at:

  1. Understanding the effects of early trauma, loss and attachment difficulties
  2. Evidence-informed practical strategies to support and include children

Availability: Last few spaces only.

The traumatised child in school - London

Price: £90.00

Date: November 21, 2018

In this training event for adoptive parents, carers and prospective parents and carers, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how to:

  1. Support your child with the transition between home and school
  2. Find ways to work in partnership and communication effectively with the school
  3. Access support for children with difficulties including Pupil Premium Plus and Special Educational Needs Procedures

Availability: Last few spaces only.

Therapeutic Services for Education Providers

We are pleased to announce that PAC-UK are able to provide NEW therapeutic services to education providers in and around London to further support the needs of your pupils, staff and parents.

Dramatherapy Groups for Children 

Our 8 Week Dramatherapy Programme for Schools Brochure provides detailed information on course content and structure.

We work in a joined up way with parents and staff to enable a developmental process that works towards increased Emotional Regulation, awareness of Executive Functioning and Self-Reflectivity.

Our therapy aims to improve the experience of the child in education and will therefore include feedback and review sessions with the staff and parent/carers, including therapeutic recommendations. All our therapists are fully qualified (HCPC registered) and experienced in working with adoption, looked-after children, trauma and with children, families and staff experiencing difficulties at school.

The price is £535 per child, based on 4 children attending an 8 weekly dramatherapy programme (one session per week).

For one to one therapeutic work, the price is £795 for an 8 week programme (once a week) including feedback and review sessions.

Our 8 Week Dramatherapy Programme for Schools Brochure V1.1 provides detailed information on course content and structure. To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

Reflection and Consultation Groups for Staff

Reflection and Consultation Groups provide a facilitated space for staff to share reflections, thoughts and strategies around the needs of a particular child, a group of children or a whole class.

It is a collaborative and practical process which draws from the principles of Attachment Theory. Action-plans and strategies emerging from the groups can lead to real change affected through relational, social and psychological ways.

An initial 90 minute meeting is followed up with a one hour review meeting approximately 4-6 weeks later.

We can also facilitate Staff Reflection and Consultation Groups which would meet every two weeks (£450 reflection and consultation meeting, including follow up review). To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

Reflective Groups for Parents

Parental Reflective Groups provide collaborative opportunities to work with and support the parents/carers of vulnerable children.

Bridging home with school/other education provision is an effective way to bring consistency, safety and care for children needing additional support (£450 reflection and consultation meeting, including follow up review). To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

For more information about this programme please email and for general enquiries please contact Lisa O’Callaghan via phone 020 7284 0555 or email 

Our Therapeutic Services for Education Providers Flyer provides additional information.

Support for specific Local Authorities

Adoption North LondonAdoption North London Consortium: We are contracted to offer educational support and advice for adoptive and special guardianship families whose adoption support is provided by Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington. Parents and guardians can attend education-focused support groups across North London boroughs. They can also book hour-long face to face consultations with a member of the Education Service. Alternatively we can arrange telephone consultations. To book a consultation, please telephone the advice line on 0207 284 5879 or email us at

PAC-UK has service level agreements with 37 local authorities in England. To find out what support you may be entitled to please contact your local authority post adoption support team or contact us.

Adoption-Friendly Schools Book and Toolkit

Between November 2015 and February 2016, more than 400 adoptive parents, special guardians, school staff, education and social care professionals took part in our online consultation about what it means to be an adoption friendly school. The result of this research culminated in our:

'Becoming an Adoption-Friendly School' book

A complete guide to support schools and other education providers in meeting the needs of children who have experienced trauma or loss. The book was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in April 2017 and can be purchased via Amazon here. For bulk orders please contact

Purchase of the book provides access to the online toolkit, a bank of resources, templates and policies to help schools on the way. The book’s launch took place on 15 May 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine.


Our charter is free to download and can be used by schools to communicate their efforts and journey towards becoming adoption friendly!

Adoption Friendly Schools Training Course

A six day training course delivered across the school year (£3,995). The six workshops will guide you through the steps towards become more adoption friendly by implementing whole school change, offering opportunities to share good practice with a wider school network and receive support in your journey from our Education Advisers.

Detailed information on course content and FAQ's can be found on our 'Becoming an Adoption Friendly School' - Course Flyer. To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

Enquires about the book, toolkit and course can be directed to

Education Advice Line

Our Education Advice Line is open each Wednesday and Thursday during school term times between 10am and 12pm. Staffed by our Education Advisers, this is an opportunity for adoptive parents, special guardians, school staff and social workers to talk through any school or educational concerns regarding adopted or special guardianship children, and receive advice and support. The telephone number is 0207 284 5879. You can view our advice line flyer here. You can also access support and advice by emailing

Education Resources

We have developed a range of resources to support families, schools and local authorities in meeting the educational needs of adopted and special guardianship children.

View our FREE Education Resources page here.