We realise that pupils who have trauma and attachment difficulties can find the school environment extremely challenging. The attention and regulation issues pupils may have can be a real barrier for them to reach their full potential academically and repeated failure can really knock confidence and lower self-esteem.
At Cressex Lodge we incorporate a PACE approach to working with pupils. PACE is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving that aims to make the child feel safe. With PACE, the troubled pupil can start to look at himself and let others start to see him, or get closer emotionally. He can start to trust.
PACE stands for, Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. PACE focuses on the pupil as a whole, not simply the behaviour. It helps pupils be more secure with the adults and reflect upon themselves, their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, building the skills that are so necessary for maintaining a successful and satisfying life. The pupil discovers that they are doing the best that they can, and are not bad or lazy or selfish. Problems diminish as the need for them reduces.