A framework for emotional and social development

Noun: Latin Fāgus (“beech”) – The Tree of Learning


Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected our staffing levels and supply chain, we are unfortunately unable to take any new sales enquiries for Fagus until further notice. We will, however, continue to service our existing customers as normal.

In response to this somewhat changing landscape, we are developing Fagus to become an entirely web-based resource which will be available sometime towards the end of this year. For more information please email enquiries@fagus.org.uk

Fagus is a unique, educational resource which provides a system for schools to identify, monitor and support children’s emotional and social development.

The Fagus Framework is underpinned by a theoretical base in child developmental theory and was principally developed for pupils at Beech Lodge School, many of the children there have attachment and developmental trauma-related difficulties and have been adopted from care, but Fagus has a wider application and can be used with many school-aged children.

The Framework enables an educational setting to reflect on children's behaviour and indicates underlying unmet needs, put a robust assessment, planning and tracking process in place for pupils that may be struggling with a range of social, emotional and behavioural issues as well as understand their social and emotional current level of development across many domains and provide a structure to create SMART social & emotional goals and interventions. More information ....

Find out how the Fagus materials can benefit your educational setting

There are 3 central components to Fagus:

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Developmental Guides

 Give an in-depth understanding of a child’s social and emotional development, focus interventions, set goals and track progress.

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Online Checklists

Are a summarised version of the Guides and completed to create a Developmental Profile.

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Online Profiles

Approximates a child’s development across each social and emotional domain, identifies their strengths and areas requiring intervention and tracks progress over time.

Here are some examples of how the Fagus toolkit can be used in schools:

Developing provision

  • Develop a more child-centred approach
  • Develop your school’s behavioural policy
  • Identify gaps in practice
  • Record quantifiable progress data
  • Enhance pastoral/SEND support
  • Measure success of interventions


  • Understand children’s emotional and social development
  • Help parents understand their child’s functioning
  • Understand why some children behave in certain ways
  • Look at behaviours through a developmental lens

Supporting individuals

  • Identify developmental barriers to progress
  • Identify and focus on key social and emotional areas
  • Set goals to promote social and emotional development
  • Tailor interventions
  • Record progress over time

Some examples of how Fagus relates social and emotional functioning to behavioural concerns at school, which may impact learning.