What is the ARC Pathway?

The ARC Pathway provides support for your development. It is not mandatory but gives formal, national recognition to key stages on your journey from ARC membership, to Bronze, Silver, Gold and Hub centre of excellence. Utilising the ARC Audit, Development Plan and Project, members have access to online self-evaluation, development planning and project management tools to enable them to complete their journey.


The ARC Audit helps you to evaluate your attachment, trauma, mental health and well-being practice, which guides your development plan and gives a baseline to measure the impact of your work. The built-in action tracking and review tools will keep a focus on your development priorities. ARC membership includes advice on commissioning training and links to members and trainers for further support. To complete your Bronze level membership, you will need to ask your Virtual Head to verify that attachment and trauma aware training has been completed by your staff.
Embedding practice through a research project relevant to your school context is important, whether this is about improving behaviour and well-being, working with parents and carers or better transitions. ARC’s membership includes tools for setting up a project group with an online space for forum discussions, sharing documents and uploading data. Sharing your research with others by submitting a case study to ARC helps to drive awareness, highlights your hard work and links you to a national network. Following ARC’s review, your case study will be uploaded to the ARC website, where you will be recognised as a Silver level member and may wish to apply for the annual Alex Timpson ARC awards or go on to become a Gold member.
Sharing your ARC work can benefit many, particularly schools beginning their attachment and trauma aware journey. Hosting a learning event can be a fantastic way to network and showcase your success. If you would like to host a local, regional or national event, you can make a proposal to ARC, who can provide online event organisation, publicity and support on the day. At this point you can be nominated for the annual Alex Timpson ARC awards by your Virtual Head. Judges review submissions and five category winners are chosen each year. They receive £1,000 to develop their work, speak at our conference and share their learning at a regional event.
Schools and settings with excellent practice often get multiple requests for visits and advice. This is great but can be hard to manage. You may wish to commit to providing an on-going learning programme which can be free or chargeable. To begin your Learning Hub journey, you will need to create your programme proposal and submit it to ARC, who will discuss your application with you. If your application is successful, you will become an ARC Learning Hub provider and will receive support from ARC for the organisation, marketing, and networking of your events.
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Become a member

By joining the ARC you will become part of our growing community of schools, settings, Virtual Heads, educational psychologists and many more, who are all committed to developing best practice by sharing their learning about attachment and trauma.

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The ARC Pathway

The ARC Pathway provides support for your development. It is not mandatory but gives formal, national recognition to key stages on your journey from ARC membership, to Bronze, Silver, Gold and Hub centre of excellence.

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Conferences & Events

Find out more about the ARC Annual Conference, reginal events and In Care In School.

You can also discover more about our Call to Action.