Clare Langhorne

Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher

Clare Langhorne

Clare is a National & Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher, Class teacher, Deputy Head and Head of a Complex Needs Outreach service (to mainstream schools) in Brighton and Hove 4 days a week. She presents day conferences for schools and authorities nationally one day a week for TouchBase™.

Clare Langhorne is Deputy Head teacher at a school for 5 to 16 year old children with a variety of complex learning, emotional and behavioural needs. The school runs an, ever evolving, attachment aware model that has proved extremely successful for many children who have suffered trauma and significant loss. The model uses a range of strategies based on an attachment framework, relationship building, communication skills, staff self-awareness and sensory diets.

Clare is trained in Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), developed by Eadaoin Bhreathnach. The model looks at attachment and sensory processing from an integrative, neuro-behavioural perspective. The Just Right State programme enables staff to use sensory programmes to help children to increase their self-regulation skills. Working with an attachment specialist OT and CAMHS colleagues has enabled her to use Just Right State sensory programmes that have been very successful for pupils to use both in school and at home. Setting-up and running the programmes for individual children and their families has enabled ample opportunity to extend knowledge and experience in this developing area of specialism

In 2001, Clare ran a government funded Inclusion project that developed school systems and staff teams to meet the needs of young people with complex emotional needs this then led to development of a very successful countywide outreach service. As Head of the Complex Needs Outreach service for many years, she and her team, provided training and support for staff in mainstream primary, secondary schools, post 16 colleges and related agency staff in complex learning and emotional difficulties and supporting staff to start developing an understanding of Attachment matters.

Clare is currently developing her skills by training in Dyadic Developmental Practice and Theraplay® Informed Practice. She is exploring ways to embed these strategies in school systems and offer support for individual young people.

Due to national recognition of the need for early intervention to support children and their families, Clare has been working with LA colleagues to set-up Early Help school models. This is enabling increased understanding of the wider impact of children’s unmet emotional needs and how we can work together to provide ‘good enough care’ in a sustainable and truly effective way.

Clare has a strong belief in working alongside school staff, families and agencies to gain wrap around support for these young people and is therefore keen to help develop the knowledge and understanding of all those involved in troubled young peoples’ lives.

Clare has worked alongside Louise Michelle Bombèr for a number of years, both within the school and co-facilitating support groups for staff. She delivers Day 1 (‘Inside I’m Hurting’) and Day 2 (‘What about me?’) training courses for TouchBase™, as well as the (Degree and MA level) 7-day intensive Attachment Lead in Schools course, accredited by the University of Brighton.

For more information or to book Clare to deliver training for your school, organisation or authority, please contact