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Trauma Perceptive Practice

What is Trauma Perceptive Practice (TPP)?

TPP is a programme offered to all Essex schools and settings aiming to improve policy and practice.

 It is the Essex approach to understanding behaviour and supporting emotional wellbeing. It has been developed by people who work in and with Essex schools and settings.

Trauma Perceptive Practice at Katherines

Katherines began our journey establishing TPP in 2019. Staff were trained in each of the nine elements in order to establish the values and mind-set of TPP at Katherines. The aim is for our school community to recognise the importance of building positive relationships, embed the language of TPP, understanding that every behaviour is a communication and for TPP to inform policy and procedures. We have rewritten our Behaviour policy to reflect TPP practices within the school and renamed this our Relationship policy.  TPP exists alongside Zones of Regulation which provides children with the language and skills needed to recognise and express their emotions.

TPP Families Course

Katherines are currently part of the pilot scheme for the TPP Families Course.

The aims of this course are:

  • To help families know the small differences that they can make for their children by understanding behaviour and supporting emotional wellbeing.
  • To provide families with the same knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits that are used daily within school to support their children at home.
  • The aims of the course are personalised to our families, with a focus around six key modules.


This course is completed in partnership with our parents over a period of 6 weeks, facilitated by school adults that know and have worked closely with families in our setting.