Understanding acquired brain injury (ABI)

Free fast-track training session for primary school teachers

Every year over 40,000 children acquire a brain injury; that’s one child in every classroom. 

If a child has a broken arm or a sickness bug, you’d know what to look for and how to support them. For some children, brain injuries are ‘hidden’ and the effects may be misinterpreted or not even spotted. We’ve been told awareness among teachers about ABI is low due to little training being offered. 

Our free fast-track session is a first step in changing this, by sharing our expertise in supporting children with brain injury. Sign up  and we will email you a link to our 30-minute session, to complete when it suits you. 

Tailored to teachers and your classroom

The session draws on our renowned expertise in providing specialist support to children with brain injury, which spans almost 40 years. We bring together information that gives you a good, basic understanding of ABI.  We’ve worked closely with teachers too, so it is set in the context of your classroom. It includes:

  • A definition of acquired brain injury, ABI
  • Possible symptoms – such as memory loss and fatigue
  • How symptoms might manifest in a school day and affect learning
  • How teaching professionals can support children with ABI
  • Further reading and resources.

This is an introductory session delivered online using facts, diagrams and scenarios to explain more about brain injury. There is a quiz at the end to recap on what you’ve learned. We are planning further in-depth training for teaching professionals who are interested in learning more, in the near future.

Benefits to teachers and children


With the prevalence of brain injury so high, you are likely to encounter brain injury at some point in your teaching career. This session will help you understand ABI and use your professional teaching skills to best meet children’s needs. 

Children who have an ABI are more likely to develop behavioural problems, including their ability to communicate and engage with others. You will learn how to spot the signs at an earlier stage, when timely intervention could stop problems growing into serious long-term issues.

“Really professional yet friendly. Communicated in a clear and concise way that gave all the relevant information we need as a school to support a student.”

- Primary School Teacher 


Whether a child sustained a concussion in the past, or had a recent knock in the playground, it could affect their learning and behaviour. By recognising the effects, you can help support their rehabilitation.

Learning more about ABI will help you form a crucial link between the school and parents of a child with brain injury, working together to support their rehabilitation.

“My school was spoken to about my brain injury and I feel like they also have a better understanding of my injury and the problems I’m now facing.”

- Pupil 

This pilot programme has been kindly funded by The Constable Educational Trust.

Register your interest now and we'll be in touch with a link to the session in due course

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We will send you a link by email to complete your training. 

Keeping in touch

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