Fagus is an innovative project originally set up by Beech Lodge School.
Beech Lodge School is a unique attachment-focused, trauma-informed small independent school for pupils aged 7-18. We provide an alternative educational experience which is different from and additional to that found in traditional mainstream school, for children who may have been failed by mainstream education and have needs that are difficult to meet in a conventional school setting. Although an independent school, the vast majority of our pupils are funded by their Local Education Authorities. Our pupils have a range of needs including attachment and trauma related difficulties, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism. Over half of our pupils are looked after and adopted children and all of our pupils have social and emotional difficulties.
At Beech Lodge School we provide a safe, secure, welcoming and happy community which balances the principles of inclusive learning and the maintenance of clearly understood parameters. We seek to develop each individual to their full potential, academically, emotionally and socially so they can learn, achieve and prepare themsevles for future independent lives. Our curriculum is holistic, nurturing and based on the Dan Hughes' PACE model, which is rooted in attachment theory. Unwanted behaviours are looked at developmentally. We help build mutually respectful relationships with our pupils, encourage participation, develop pupil and teacher autonomy and foster clarity about boundaries, rules and positive expectations. There are many practical, hands-on activities that help our pupils develop knowledge and skills, resulting in more self-confidence and enabling them to be ready for more independent futures, all supported by individual programmes and planning.
- Understand how trauma and attachment affects the child’s brain and development and is shown through their actions and behaviours.
- Are able to interpret the child's action correctly.
- Know the child’s history which helps decode behaviour.
- Are able to react consciously and with empathy to the child’s behaviour, rather than emotionally.
- Receive excellent support and supervision.