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What is mindfulness?

Is there an activity in your life that you love and find absorbing? Do you ever notice moments of contentment and wellbeing? These experiences give us an idea of the 'flavour' of mindfulness; the capacity to be calm, open and aware in the present moment. Mindfulness is non-judgemental and always curious about experience, fostering a life lived consciously.

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Since 1967, the average age of onset of major depression has slipped down from 31-33 to 13-15 years of age, starting now as young as 4 years old (N=4041; Zisook, 2007, American Journal of Psychiatry). School teachers are noticing a gradual growth in the number of children with personal, social and emotional needs.

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Mengage is a not-for-profit company working with males on their health and the issues that affect their health. The services we provide include direct work with males, accredited male health education courses –with internal verification, resources, workshops and training, consultancy and research-based solutions from both national and international practice, backed by years of experience of practical work with men and boys.

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KidSafe UK provides Primary, Specialist and Nursery schools with a robust, structured programme of works to safeguard children and promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Using our unique model staff are trained to deliver our fully inclusive programmes to children in their school. 

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In 2018 14,254 children were involved in road traffic accidents, a shocking 58% of road fatalities occurred to pedestrians under the age of 15.[i]

Children are exposed to the dangers of the road every time they step out of their homes, none more so than on their journey to and from school. 98% of 5-10-year olds are usually accompanied to school by an adult and only 57% of 11-16-year olds usually have an adult companion on their journey.

It is imperative that both teachers and parents educate their children about the dangers of the roads.

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Workshops are extremely important in a school environment to promote pupils’ wellbeing and increase awareness of topics. 

Here, Richard Fitzgerald, the head teacher at Langdon Park School, discusses how workshops are valuable for students, staff and parents as well as highlighting how workshops in the future must become proactive by nature. 

 

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From rabbits and guinea pigs to goats and chickens, schools with pets are providing a multitude of benefits for pupils across the UK – and we don’t just mean free eggs.

Science topics on living things are made more engaging, PSHCE is enhanced through the use of values such as responsibility and resilience, while mental health benefits are seen at schools with pets which are used to nurture children with emotional and social needs.

Michael Lemin discusses the new T LevelsEducational services provider, NCFE’s Policy and Research Manager Michael Lemin, explains how the new technical qualifications, T Levels, will work, how they differ from existing qualifications and the benefits for young people.

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Andrea Chatten is the Managing Director & Lead Children's Emotional & Behavioural Psychologist at Unravel. She is also the author of The Blinks novels supporting children's well-being. Here, she discusses the work that psychology service Unravel does with children, their teachers and their families…

Whilst every school is different in their characteristics there are some common school HR issues they face. Here Natalie Spink, Employment Solicitor for Education Services for Your HR Lawyer, explains how schools can handle three of the most common problems.

 

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