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.

We also offer adoption friendly schools consultations and reviews (£450). Our specialist advisers will guide senior leaders and key staff from your school to develop whole-school good practice. Focussing on your school’s needs you will explore systemic change to support children who have experienced abuse, trauma and loss in their early lives. More information can be found on our (below) Education Service Overview Leaflet.

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 Promotional 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
  • Commissioned bespoke training
  • Designated Teacher training

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.

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 and across the Yorkshire and Humber region to further support the needs of your pupils, staff and parents.

Our therapy (both Dramatherapy and Cognitive Behaviour 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 (and registered with appropriate governing bodies e.g. HCPC/BACP), and experienced in working with adoption, looked-after children, trauma and families and staff experiencing difficulties at school.

Dramatherapy Groups for Children (London only)

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.

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 provides detailed information on course content and structure.

To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 1:1 for children and young people (Yorkshire and Humber only)

Our Education & Wellbeing Workers are able to provide short term therapy to support children who may be experiencing some of the following: anxiety, depression, problems with peer relationships, bullying, self-esteem or confidence issues, school or exam concerns (please note this list is not exhaustive, other difficulties can be discussed to assess their suitability for this therapy).

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an approach to therapy that considers: how we think affects how we feel and what we do, and how these elements are all interlinked. CBT is based in the here and now and is goal focussed and client led, it is not trauma focussed therapy. For one to one therapeutic work, the price is £795 for an 8 week programme (once a week) including feedback and review sessions.

To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

Reflection and Consultation Groups for Staff (both regions)

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 1.5 hour consultation is followed by a one hour review approximately 4-6 weeks later (£450).

Regular groups which would meet every two weeks, for schools looking for more intensive support, can also be commissioned.

Please note, these can be co-facilitated with a member of staff as a CPD opportunity to develop their skills and enable them to hold future sessions independently.

To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

Reflective Groups for Parents (both regions)

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. Ideally these are co-facilitated by a member PAC-UK's Education Service and a member of staff, though PAC-UK can facilitate independently if needed (6x 1.5 hour sessions £1,500).

To make a provisional booking complete our online booking form.

For more information about our Therapeutic Services 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

PAC-UK has service level agreements with 38 local authorities in England, including education support in some areas. 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.