Join ARC

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.

An ‘Attachment Aware & Trauma Informed’ approach lies at the heart of much of the best teaching and learning in many highly effective settings – in other words it is core business and something schools and settings can address that will make a difference to mental health.

ARC membership is open to Schools and other Learning Settings, Virtual Schools, Psychologists and Higher Education Institutions who commit to supporting the development of best practice and understanding of attachment within education.

Benefits of becoming an ARC member

Access to a network of support through the online discussion boards. Support and help each other embed practices within your school or setting. 
Access to resources and case studies through the online platform as well as a framed certificate for your setting to celebrate your commitment to being attachment aware. 
Expert advice on commissioning training for your setting. With the help of our network of trainers and educational psychologists we have put together guidance on what good training looks like. 
Online tools and resources to help support your school or setting on your attachment aware journey. The online tools are designed to help self assess where your school or setting is currently and to show your improvement as you make your way through your attachment aware journey. 
Priority and discounted booking for the ARC annual conference and regional events throughout the year. 

Your pathway as a member


Complete an ARC Audit on your Member's Dashboard

The ARC Audit analyses current attachment and trauma understanding and practice in a school or setting. It can be reviewed as often as needed.

Complete an ARC Development Plan

The ARC Development Plan is populate from the ARC’s Audit analysis. This helps to focus decisions on how to develop a school or setting as well as identifying gaps and areas of improvements. It allows for tracking of a school's or setting's progress and subsquent reviews.

Address Development Plan Priorities - Commissioning Training

Commissioning the right training to support a school's or setting's needs, challenges and aspirations is critical. The Development Plan will highlight where a school or setting may need extra support. ARC members access our commissioning advice and can link with ARC member trainers who support our approach.

 Embed Improvement through Action Research and Reflective Practice

ARC’s Projects section, on the members dashboard, enables a school or setting to set up an action research project within a closed network. This includes the facility to hold forum discussions, share documents, hold data securely and evaluate the impact collectively.

 Publish a Case Study

Publish the findings from your project and share your learning. As an ARC member you can share your work via an ARC reviewed case study and publish this to all other ARC members. You will have access to case studies from others members based on what has worked for them in practice. 

 Share and Celebrate your Learning.

ARC is a community that brings together best practice. Submit a nomination to The Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award to winn £1000 to further develop your work. The award is awarded annually, at the ARC Conference, for outstanding practice.

The ARC Member Commitment

  • Promoting inclusion and preventing exclusion
  • Developing effective strategies to support children and adults
  • Promoting high quality training
  • Sharing your learning with the ARC network
  • Working safely and with supervision.

The Attachment Research Community annual membership starts from £125 + VAT. There are two tiers of membership, depending on the number of users required to login and the size of the school or setting. Note this is per school/setting.

  • Tier 1
  • £125 + VAT
  • Small Setting - Early Years & Primary
  • 60 logins
  • Become a member
  • Tier 2
  • £250 + VAT
  • Large Setting - Secondary & Post 16
  • 200 logins
  • Become a member