Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher
Natalie Miller is a Strategic Attachment Lead teacher across Sussex. She has worked in Primary Education for 20 years, specialising in Inclusion and SEN.
Following her degree in psychology from The LSE and subsequent PGCE in primary education, Natalie began working with vulnerable pupils and their families in East London. She worked closely with the Local Authority to support refugees and Asylum Seekers in mainstream schools. This included planning and leading sessions to help children settle to learn, organising and leading activity weeks for pupils and establishing English language lessons and support groups for parents new to English.
Natalie went on to become an Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for inclusion and safeguarding. As part of this role, Natalie works alongside teachers, support staff, parents and professionals to develop personalised plans for children in mainstream settings. Whilst completing a postgraduate certificate in special needs education, Natalie became interested in developmental trauma and attachment theory. She carried out an action research project into the role of key adults in supporting vulnerable pupils and this led to her undertaking the modular course to become an Attachment Lead.
Natalie is now part of the TouchBase™ Team. She provides a variety of support for Primary schools throughout Sussex, which includes carrying out developmental trauma assessments using the Seguridad model and creating individual development plans from an educational perspective.
Natalie has completed Level 1 Theraplay® Training. She leads Theraplay® Informed Practice group sessions and uses MIMs to work with key adults and individual pupils. In her one to one work with pupils, Natalie uses the PACE approach and is currently undertaking Level 1 DDP training, which will then be incorporated into her practice.
Natalie leads the Stressbusters intervention in schools across Sussex. This was designed by the TouchBase™ team to help children understand how stress and anxiety affect the body and provide them with strategies to manage this.
Natalie also contributes to NQT training on Attachment Theory and has lectured on Safeguarding and Child Protection at the University of Sussex.