Parent / Professionals Tours

If you would like to visit our fantastic school to find out more about the way we work, please contact Kate Gaunt, to book onto one of our tours.

Dates for 2017-2018 include the following:

  • 18th September
  • 13th November
  • 22nd January
  • 12th March
  • 30th April
  • 18th June

POLYVAGAL Theory 

13th October 2017

Ryan Gladwin, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for behaviour for learning, will be leading training on Polyvagal Theory and Trauma at Springwell Learning Community.  Please get in touch with Ryan for more information.  


Parent / Professionals Tour

July 17th 2017

Kate Gaunt, Pastoral Manager, will be offering a tour of our school on July 17th at 15:30 for prospective parents and associated professionals.  To book a place on the tour, please contact the school office.


Full Day Conference

September 29th 2017

Joseph Norton Academy is proud to present Dr Margot Sunderland for a full day conference on:

Working effectively with traumatised children

Dr Sunderland will address both up-to-date psychological theories and the latest brain research on the effects of abuse and neglect. She will also give particular focus to the neuroscience of attachment disorders in light of the trauma of loss and separation.

Most importantly, Dr Sunderland will present a variety of effective interventions and evidence based programmes that overcome traumatic repetition. She will provide many tools, techniques and interventions right down to the specifics of how to be, what to say, and how to become ‘talkable to’, so that children and young people can feel safe enough to want to share and work through their traumatic experiences.

A light lunch and refeshments will be provided.

About Dr Margot Sunderland

Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine, and Child Psychotherapist with over twenty years experience of working with children and families. She is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries. Originally she trained as a teacher working in secondary education for several years. She has also worked therapeutically with looked after children for nearly a decade. Additionally, Dr Sunderland was a member of the Early Years Commission, Centre for Social Justice, Westminster and co-author of the cross party advisory report The Next Generation (early years intervention).

Benefits of attending

  • Learn to recognise signs and symptoms of trauma in children
  • Gain a working knowledge for how a child can move from trauma to violence
  • Learn about the science of post-traumatic stress in children and young people
  • Learn how to recognise when persistent fighting or hurting points to post-traumatic stress
  • Know how to respond when children or young people cut off from their pain, dissociate or treat others as they have been treated
  • Take away key tools and techniques for dealing with a child’s acute stress states
  • Learn about the management of your own stress states and what is happening in your brain
  • Take away key tools and techniques for connecting with the child or young person who experiences the world as threatening and hostile
  • Learn about the relational events key for a child or young person to move from trauma to emotional well- being

This conference is aimed at education professionals who support pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.


This event is now closed.

JNA's Annual TeachMeet

June 21st 2017

Join the staff team at Joseph Norton Academy for their third annual TeachMeet.  As part of this event, the staff will be sharing feedback on the research they have undertaken this year and the impact it has had on their classroom practice.  Topics include:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Engaging Families
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Nurture Practice
  • Sports Awards

For more information, or to book a place at the event, please contact Ruth Radcliffe at the school.