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School singing competition will see one lucky school perform for the stars at the WellChild Awards. 

An exciting singing competition is now open to choose pupils from one lucky primary school in the UK to display their singing talents in the company of a host of celebrities and perhaps even royalty at the 2020 WellChild Awards. Register your school now at www.wellchild.org.uk/schoolchoir

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tastelife Youth Track: Understanding Eating Disorders

We provide workshops that train teachers, TAs, playworkers etc to run our signature '15 minutes to happy, healthy kids' program. This simple yet effective yoga and well-being program. can be easily adapted and weaved into your current everyday class routine. Our program meets many points in the Healthy Schools, ESTYN & Welsh Curriculum guidelines. 
Training provided throughout the South Wales Valleys. For more information and to book visit www.fireflyyogawales.co.uk/mini-me-yoga

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St. Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury, West Berkshire, lies within the North Wessex Downs – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a Lasallian Retreat Centre for Young People under the patronage of the De La Salle Brothers, whose Founder was French priest St. John Baptist de La Salle who dedicated much of his life to the education of poor children, pioneering many lasting educational practices. He is the Patron Saint of Teachers.

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As License Holders of Mental Health First Aid in Wales our mission is to provide high quality evidence-based mental health information, training, education and services that are accessible and affordable to all. Our goal is to build resilience in individuals and reduce stigma in the community. 

What can schools do about the increasing issue of anxiety and other mental health issues that many children are now suffering from? This is an important question for all schools and educators. Beverly Smalley, Education Specialist at TTS Group, looks at ways teachers can recognise the issues at hand and what they can do to effectively support those suffering.

 

The Schools Health Education Unit, based in Exeter since 1977, has just released a major report about the emotional health and wellbeing of young people.  

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"It is clear that we have reached the limits of using data alone as a proxy for educational quality.” 
Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills writes in an opinion piece for Schools Week (January 2019). “Inspection should capture the things that no data measure can, no matter how well constructed. We need to look at how a school has achieved results, not just take them at face value, and at the things that aren’t and often can’t be measured.”

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Karl Templeman, Headteacher at Somerset Progressive School, discusses with QA Education the benefits that the International Primary Curriculum can deliver for teachers looking to increase flexibility and deliver more for their pupils.

International Primary Curriculum Q&A

1. What is the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and how many UK schools use it?

Many schools across the UK are using the Story Massage Programme as an integral part of promoting positive mental health. Key benefits include helping pupils to express challenging feelings, to self-regulate their emotions and to build positive relationships. 

The Story Massage Programme combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity of storytelling. The programme is based on ten simple strokes (given through clothes) which illustrate the words of a story/song/poem. Each stroke has a name and easy-to-recognise symbol making it simple to share.