Wellbeing and Safeguarding : Education, Health and Safety

Wellbeing and Safeguarding : Education, Health and Safety Putting the personal & social at the heart of learning.

1. There’s no such thing as a GCSE or an A Level for Personal, Social and Health Education – therefore it’s regarded by many schools, parents, teachers and students as peripheral to the main business of schools, if indeed PSHE exists in any meaningful (c.f. tokenistic) way at all.

2. Learning about our wellbeing – about our bodies, about our health and fitness, our relationships, our spiritual…

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Wellbeing at Wellington……Where Else?

Wellbeing at Wellington……Where Else? Why tackling YPs mental health makes economic as well as common sense. #pshe

The wellbeing of students at Wellington College is as important as their academic success, which is why Sir Anthony Seldon has invested so much in the development of the school’s “Eight Aptitudes”.

“At Wellington, we do not ask: “how intelligent is this child”, but rather, in what ways is this child intelligent? For all children are intelligent and they are intelligent in many different ways. We…

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Neuroscience and the Importance of PSHE

Neuroscience and the Importance of PSHE Scientific evidence for teaching PSHE? It makes sense. #PSHE #statutoryPSHE

It’s not very often that neuroscience and PSHE are placed in the same sentence but it’s time to remedy that. The development of neuroscience and the evidence of how the brain develops in adolescence add a strong case for the teaching of Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) in both primary and secondary schools.

There’s still an unhealthy scepticism about neuroscience. It’s in its infancy as…

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Festival of Education: Gove Speaks, 3Di Comments

Festival of Education: Gove Speaks, 3Di Comments Overview of Q&A session Interesting & alarming in equal measures.

As promised, here are some bullet points from the Secretary of State for Education’s Q & A session at Wellington College. There was a brief two-way discussion between Michael Gove and Sir Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College.

(NB: This post is longer to fully reflect the debate that took place.)

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  • He’s confident that he’s “travelling in the right direction”…

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Festival of Education: The Politicians Speak

Festival of Education: The Politicians Speak - Policy makers must work with profession, not dictate #educationfest

The Festival of Education at Wellington gives those interested in education the opportunity to listen and speak to those who have determined policy over the decades.

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As previously reported, the first morning brought Kenneth Baker to the festival, with a healthy dose of hindsight. This was immediately followed by a conversation between David Blunkett and Estelle…

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Comprehension of the Comprehensive System

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Comprehension of the Comprehensive System - A disturbing view of comprehensive education.

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech at the opening of the Sunday Times Festival of Education was somewhat provocative and controversial. Whether this was a deliberate move on his part is debatable. What was clear was that there was inflammatory language used – delivered by a man who is resolute in his mission to ensure that all schools have “academic rigor” as their absolute purpose.

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A Personal View of the Festival of Education, Wellington College

A Personal View of the Festival of Education, Wellington College summary of Day One Morning at Welly. Interesting!

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Anyone who is interested in education and has never been to the “Sunday Times Festival of Education”, held at Wellington College, should seriously think about attending next year. There’s an extraordinary amount of speakers – practitioners, politicians and a few famous people or two, all offering their thoughts on education now and in the future. So-called progressives, traditionalists, policy…

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Crucial Days for Education in England

Crucial Days for Education in England New Post. Further thoughts on 2 key Inquiries. #Compass #Labour #Blunkett

These are crucial days for the re-shaping of our national policies on education. We need a major rethink on how the education system is run in England. We need as many teachers, educationalists, students, parents and other stakeholders as possible to become aware of the key issues and to have their say – both now and via the ballot box in 2015. Consider these words from the Compass Interim Report

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Tolerance, Values, Virtuous Living and Our Education

Tolerance, Values, Virtuous Living and Our Education - Multiple intelligences of education - tolerate nothing less.

What do we value? Do we have to consider what we value about education as well as these “British Values” that everyone is talking about?

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There’s plenty in the news about values at the moment. Every Tom, Michael and David is talking about values.

The Sun newspaper sent a ……………. how shall we put this?………… a large pamphlet that resembled the aforementioned newspaper to 22 million homes in the UK,…

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Birmingham, the Country and the Powers of the Secretary of State

Birmingham and the Powers of the Secretary of State - Who is really controlling, bullying and manipulative? #Gove

The disastrous and destructive situation in the “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham has been highly reported over the last few weeks. Stories of extremism, control for power, bullying, manipulation of the truth, imposition of ideologies that don’t consider the all-round wellbeing of all pupils and so on and so forth – all allegedly done in the name of religion.

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Yet, isn’t that all rather…

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