A wellbeing initiative needs to be measured carefully to assess its impact. Establishing what you’re trying to improve – and determining how you can measure this – can make the difference between a successful strategy and a waste of time and money.
There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years – and then increases again in secondary school.
The Policy Exchange think tank has called on the next prime minister to continue support for a knowledge-based curriculum, reduce early years’ class sizes and make new T-levels compatible with A-levels.
The number of Chinese students applying to British universities is up 30 per cent on last year, from 15,240 to 19,760. Meanwhile, applications from Northern Ireland are down by 4 per cent, from 19,310 to 18,520
One in five teachers said nothing would persuade them to apply for a job at a low-performing disadvantaged school, research says.
State schools in deprived areas are more likely to struggle to fill teacher vacancies which has a knock-on effect on the quality of teaching that pupils receive, a report from Sutton Trust suggests
The Labour Party wants all government policy decisions to be gauged against people’s future health and wellbeing. The proposed Future Generations Wellbeing Act for England would, among other things, introduce a ‘health equality audit’ of government decisions.
The National Education Union’s (NEU) latest survey of supply teachers shows that, despite a teacher shortage and the government’s efforts to regulate the supply teacher market, the majority of supply teachers are reporting lower levels of pay compared with previous years.
FAMILIES need to be educated about suffering a severe allergic reaction following the death of a schoolboy who had cheese thrown at him, experts have recommended. They have also
called for places of worship and the NHS to work together to raise awareness of food allergies
Last month, Ark Conway Primary Academy in Hammersmith was awarded Gold in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, which recognises excellence in commitment to staff wellbeing.
Lois Osborne, Head of School, shares her top tips for promoting wellbeing in your school. Ark Conway’s approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing to its staff of around 30 people is based on the New Economics Foundation’s 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'.
Wellbeing is all about our holistic health, including the physical and emotional. When we have good levels of wellbeing we feel that life is in balance and that we can generally cope well. We feel motivated and engaged, we’re resilient and able to deal effectively with daily troubles, as well as ’bounce back’ from life’s challenges.
Lord Agnew spoke to attendees at the Festival of Education at Wellington College on 20 July, 2019. He delievered the following speech on behalf of Education Secretary Damian Hinds who was unable to attend:
Britain’s Got Talent star Dave McPartlin knows all about judge’s comments. Which is why the headteacher of Flakefleet Primary School has joined the search for the nation’s happiest children and schools by becoming a National Happiness Awards judge.
As part of a government-funded drive to promote whole-school approaches to mental health, over 1,800 secondary schools and colleges across the country will receive free Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)
What does it take to create a collective staff?
This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
However, the concept of surveying in schools remains relatively undeveloped. There have always been surveys, mainly to do with impending Ofsted visits or in times of relative pressure. But in todays fast paced, social media driven environment it is imperative to know what your influencers think and be able to respond effectively and appropriately.
Whilst writing the last few blogs I have tried to, and probably failed to convey the condition of modern teaching as I see it. That can often be somewhat doom-ridden with daily reports of crisis, recruitment deficits, and a general atmosphere of malaise.
There has been some amazing work done in the increased awareness of mental health for children in the last 5 years. A cursory search on the net will bring up international, national, regional, local and school-based initiatives all aimed at increasing what we should know and what to about mental health issues relating to students.