A framework for emotional and social development

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

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

Welcome to Fagus and thank you for visiting our site!

Fagus is an easy-to-use online educational resource which was originally developed at Beech Lodge School, for pupils who have social, emotional, attachment and developmental trauma-related difficulties. However, Fagus has a much wider application and can be used with many school-aged children who exhibit social & emotional challenges.

The Fagus framework enables educators to reflect on children's behaviour, identify a child's current level of social & emotional development across 13 domains and put in place a robust assessment and tracking process using SMART goals and interventions.

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Find out how Fagus can benefit your educational setting

There are 3 central components to Fagus:

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Online 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

Summarised versions of the Guides and are 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 behaviour 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