Neurosequential Model in Education

The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) is a classroom based approach to support children and school staff to learn more about brain development and the impact of developmental trauma on a child’s ability to function in a classroom. The model developed as a result of Dr. Bruce Perry’s work with children who have experienced adverse life events. Dr Perry has been working with colleagues at The Child Trauma Academy in America for the last few years to develop NME.

The fundamental principle of the approach is recognition that the brain develops in a certain order of neurosequential development. This knowledge is especially important in understanding how children learn and why they may behave as they do. A better  understanding of brain development can lead to a clearer idea of how to teach and care for the wide variety of pupils that our schools work with every day.


The Educational Psychology Service supports staff and young people in Stirling through the use of the NME approach. This involves learning about how the brain grows and develops, how stress can impact on the brain and how children can learn to regulate their emotions to help them to be ready to learn.

Further information on this approach can be viewed at