Oxford Brookes University, in partnership with SEBDA offers two online postgraduate certificate courses for professionals working with children and/or young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Each course carries 60 credits at Masters level and we are currently taking applications for a September 2020 start.
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New podcast launched on children’s mental health during, and post, the pandemic crisis.
This question deserves at answer at this time of crisis. We have witnessed some incredible acts of kindness in our communities and in Society as a whole.
Now is the time to re evaluate what kindness can give to our own sense of well being, as well as in acts of kindness towards others. It is an essential component of the compassion that will be so essential to our school communities in the processor reconnection and recovery.
This new report from the Mental Health Foundation is timely, and worthy of consideration and implementation.
Planning for a return to school – bereavement will be an issue. How do we talk about bereavement post pandemic?
For useful insights and ideas read here:
Here is a how to make a Happiness Box, with a sound rationale for doing so. Written by Barry Carpenter and Bev Cockbill this step by step guide is perfect for welcoming children back to school, or for home learning. In either contexts it enables the child to build their emotional resilience, and self regulate their emotional well being.
Go forth and make! Enjoy!
Rationale for the Happiness Box:
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Never has compassion in our schools been so crucial than at this current time, where phased re opening of schools is high on the National agenda. It is critical to restoring the emotional well being of our children, teachers, teaching assistants, and school leaders.
This article gives a good overview, and deepens understanding of, what compassion is, and how it might contribute to restoring our schools as mentally healthy places.
Compassion: the essential orientation
An interesting article in The Psychologist here
Forest Oak School in Solihull have developed SMILE, and ethos based approach to prompting positive Mental Health and emotional well being in children and young people. It is built on the NHS 5 ways to well being.
The approach is currently nearing the completion of a two year research evaluation with 10 other schools being led by Professor Barry Carpenter (Oxford Brookes University), Jo Egerton (Schools Research Consultant) in conjunction with Isabel Gerrard, (Well Being Lead, Forest Oak School), and Amanda Mordey, (Headteacher)
In the current climate we need to be mindful of the support our CYP will need as the gradually return to school . This approach is the perfect example of the Recovery Curriculum in action, and will be the subject of a future podcast with Amanda Mordey, OBE, Executive Headteacher , Forest Oak and Merstone School, Solihull, which will be posted on www.recoverycurriculum.org