Let’s Learn Together
Let’s Learn Together by Sheila Lavery is a handy guide for parents and teachers of adopted children in primary school. Adopted children face many challenges throughout their life and in particular during their education. Teachers and parents are often unaware that adopted children’s early experiences can leave them vulnerable to varying degrees of distress and difficulty at school. This booklet, produced by Adoption UK and the Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Board, aims to provide an insight into why these challenges might arise and various tips and ideas are suggested on how to manage key areas of difficulty for both parents and teachers. Click here to download your copy.


Fostering and Adoption Community and School Support providing training and support to community and educational personnel who encounter adopted and looked after children.

Inside I’m Hurting: Practical Strategies for Supporting Children with Attachment Difficulties in Schools
This book, by Louise Bomber, has been recommended by several NFS members.
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The Post Adoption Centre have a designated trainer, who delivers training to schools that work with pupils whose lives have been adversely affected by traumatic experiences. The cost of the sessions is subsidised by the Big Lottery.

Schools Out
Schools Out provide support for all people who want to raise the issue of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in education. Their online “classroom” offers a range of resources to help teachers make LGBT people visible in education.

Stonewall – Education for All
“Education for All” is Stonewall’s campaign to prevent homophobic bullying in schools.

Supporting adopted children in school – a guide for parents and schools
This booklet, produced by Essex County Council, offers practical strategies to help parents and teachers work together most effectively and offers a greater understanding of how a child’s past experiences can affect their ability to cope within school.
Download the booklet

Trauma in the classroom: Learning lessons for neglected and abused children
This 5 minute video from Adoption UK is recommended as a good introduction for education professionals.
Watch the Youtube video

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