‘Resilience’ has become something of a buzzword for education policy-makers in the past few years. But the focus has very much been on supporting children and young people to become more resilient, rather than the mental health needs of the adults who work with them. Paradoxically, helping pupils develop their ‘resilience’, in inverted commas, risks becoming another source of stress – another responsibility to add to ever-increasing workloads.
It has been said so many times that to repeat it borders on cliché – yet PSHE remains a Cinderella subject lost amidst the race for improved results in jam-packed school timetables.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) remains a non-statutory subject but elements of PSHE are compulsory (confused yet?), as part of schools’ responsibility to support students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, always high on the agenda of Ofsted inspectors.
Is your school GDPR compliant yet?
Many organisations are still considering the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to be implemented by 25 May 2018.
The GDPR is a major new piece of legislation that is understandably is a source of worry for many, particularly with the media attention it has gained. For schools there are a number of significant changes which need to be addressed, and let’s face it, the timing couldn’t be worse, with SATs, GCSEs and other summer term challenges looming on the horizon.
We are delighted to announce the launch of MyLife, a new library of life skills resources for children and young people.
MyLife brings together engaging PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education, citizenship and life skills resources, designed to support all children to develop resilience and prepare for the future.
We’ve teamed up with national charity Coram Voice for the second year running to produce Creative Voices, an interactive anthology of writing by children in care. Creative Voices has now been updated to include the 2018 winners and runners up after they were announced at the Voices 18 awards ceremony on Monday 9 April.
Do your pupils have fixed mindsets or growth mindsets? Encouraging growth mindsets in children is vital for creating resilient learners, and helps lay strong foundations for their relationship with learning, success and failure.
We're delighted to announce that there are now 100 Virtual Schools across the country whose children in care are using nimbl to access high-quality education resources! For dislocated children and young people, this suport is crucial.
'Invisible' pupils are pupils that are largely overlooked by teachers and by school data systems. They are often midle-ability pupils; they don’t have special educational needs but are not high achievers either. They are often quiet, well-behaved and have a high attendance rate. These pupils can easily slip under the radar.
With the recent release of Folk Tales, we take a look why reading for pleasure is crucial.
Studies show that children who read for pleasure and have a positive attitude towards reading have higher levels of attainment and personal development, according to the DfE's report on reading for pleasure. There is also research suggesting there is a positive correlation between reading for pleasure and social mobility.
Working with academy expert Geoffrey Davis, we have developed new training resources specifically designed for academy trusts. Here's why we think they're important in today's educational landscape.
It may seem far away, but soon pupils in Year 6 will be sitting their SATs in maths and English.
The Christmas break is of course an important time for relaxation – for pupils, teachers and parents alike – but it is also important not to let children forget what they’ve learned from the previous term. In fact, the holiday is an ideal time away from the classroom for children to focus on areas they’ve been struggling in or revise trickier topics.
With recent news highlighting the large number of children at risk from gangs, it is crucial that adults are able to offer support and protection for the children in their care.
Last month we launched two competitions for Virtual Schools and children in care! Read on to find out how to enter.
This October was National Bullying Prevention Month, where charities, schools and communities came together to raise awareness and help prevent bullying among children. We too have been busy this month producing resources for both children and adults that can help them understand and deal with bullying.
It’s National Care Leavers' Week, a week focusing on the needs of care leavers, seeking to raise public awareness about the lack of support for those leaving care.