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MIND training - Adult and young peoples mental health

On Thursday 20th September we held some training on adult and young peoples mental health, led by David Harding from MIND Hereford. It was very interesting and informative. Thank you to all those who attended. It is the start of the school's focus this year on well being.  We will be doing a lot on this so look out for more details and information.

I think the training we received last week provided much food for thought. It was delivered in a clearly understandable format and covered many key points of mental health and wellbeing, although did focus particularly on adult mental health. David gave attendees the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences and I found him to be very likeable as a Trainer. His relaxed and honest approach made a big difference and I feel it put everyone at ease. I am sure that he will go down a treat with our school children.  Am very excited to see what he does with the children during MW week.  Some useful contact details and organisations gleaned from the training too.

Estelle Smith - parent and school governor

Emotion Coaching

On Thursday 18th October Educational Psychologist Amanda Cotton delivered an after school session for staff and governors on Emotion Coaching.  Behaviour is often linked to emotions and the idea of Emotion Coaching is getting children to talk about their emotions, that they may not always recognise, and getting them to use them in a positive way.

Emotion Coaching focuses on 4 steps:

1. Recognise feelings and empathise

2. Validate and label the feeling

3. Set limits - if necessary

4. Problem solve

Research has shown that Emotion Coaching has helped reduce the number of negative behavioural incidents in schools and early years settings.  The research shows that Emotion Coaching:

- Helps children regulate, improve and take ownership of their behaviour

- Helps children to calm down and better understand their emotions

- Helps practitioners to be more sensitive to children's needs

- Helps create more consistent approaches to children's behaviour

- Helps practitioners to feel more 'in control' during incidents

- Helps promote positive relationships

We will be organising another session like this for parents in the future.

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The training was useful and interesting.  Lots of practical suggestions that can be implemented daily in our interactions with children.

Mrs Gething - Class 6 teacher