Building Resilience for Young People in Your School

3rd December 2019 : 16:00 - 17:00

Category: Webinar

Research Group: Rees Centre

Speaker: Tony Clifford, Richard Parker

Location: Online


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Event number 845 463 330

Event password: ARCwebinar

Tony Clifford and Richard Parker are founder trustees of the Attachment Research Community (ARC), a membership organisation for schools. ARC was set up in 2017 with a mission to support all schools to be attachment and trauma aware by 2025.

Tony and Richard will discuss ARC’s vision, how it works to support schools, and its links with other national organisations. One key area of its work is the national Alex Timpson ARC Awards given to schools, colleges and other settings who are developing their own programmes of attachment and trauma awareness. Tony and Richard will showcase some case studies of practice from the 2019 awards, due to be announced at the ARC National Conference on 21 November.

The webinar is aimed at staff in schools and virtual schools, as well as those with a more general interest in understanding the role of attachment and trauma in educational outcomes. Webinar event link

This webinar series is linked to our research programme, The Alex Timpson Attachment and Trauma Programme in Schools.


Tony Clifford has 35 years of experience of working with young people in education, including as Virtual Head teacher for Children in Care in Stoke-on-Trent and as a head and senior leader in secondary mainstream and special schools. He is a former Ofsted Inspector and has contributed to the development of policy and practice for children in care, care leavers and mental health at a national level, as vice chair of NAVSH and through expert advice to DfE, NICE and SCIE. He is co-founder of the House Project in Stoke, funded by the DfE to develop a better pathway to independence and housing for Care Leavers.

Richard Parker has been a youth worker, a researcher, and a secondary school teacher in Inner London. He worked for many years in local government within education and children’s services. In 2010 he joined Bath Spa University as Director of the Centre for Education Policy in Practice (EPIP), which aimed to use the research strengths of the university to promote improvement in education support for vulnerable groups. Richard has a particular interest in the education of children in care and has been involved in a range of activities to promote emotion coaching and attachment awareness in schools and initial teacher education, at both local and national level. He is also working with NAVSH in delivering a new Bath Spa postgraduate programme for carers and professionals working with care experienced children.


The Rees Centre is located within the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Established in 2012, the Centre produces research evidence to inform policy and practice in the areas of children’s social care and education. We aim to improve the life chances and particularly the educational outcomes of those who are, or have been supported by children’s social care services, with a focus on children in need (including those in care), adoptive and special guardianship families and care experienced adults. The primary audiences for the Centre’s work are children’s social care practitioners and managers, foster carers, adopters, guardians, schools, virtual schools, health, the judiciary, therapeutic services, policymakers and other researchers. We often work in partnership with others and have well-established relationships across the sector with both statutory and third sector organisations as well as the care-experienced community.


In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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