PUBLISHED: 15:27 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:59 22 March 2019 Matt Adams Helena Senner, founder of Protective Youth Coaching Archant “The stress is too much”, “I don’t know where to start with my revision”, “I don’t know how to revise”, “I can’t help procrastinating”. All common worries for Year 11 students in the build-up to their exams, but for one pastoral support member, they were the trigger for her to take decisive action. Harpenden resident and mother of three Helena Senner founded Protective Youth Coaching to support and address the common needs of young people whatever they may face; encouraging confidence and wellbeing while at secondary school.She explained: “I wanted to help and support teenagers through these concerns and it dawned on me that there must be scientific evidence of what works and what doesn’t to guide young people through this exciting but confusing new … [Read more...] about Exam counselling helps guide students through the stresses of revision
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Staff at eight Derby secondary schools are trying to encourage parents and carers to take more interest in their children’s education in a series of initiatives including visiting them at home, paying for interpreters and providing transport to attend meetings. The family engagement project is part of a multi-million pound scheme to improve education standards and the life chances of thousands of children in Derby. Each of the eight schools has employed a family engagement worker and the £377,000 project is being led by Bemrose School in Uttoxeter New Road. The schools involved are: City of Derby Academy, Murray Park Community School, Merrill Academy, Kingsmead School, Noel-Baker Academy, Derby Moor Academy and Da Vinci Academy. Eventually the project will be rolled out to every school across the city. The eight schools initially signed up to the scheme also plan to produce a series of YouTube videos, narrated by pupils speaking in a host of different languages, … [Read more...] about Derby parents get teacher visits to boost interest in their children’s education
Much improved maths, reading and writing skills, better links between parents and schools, and greater mental health support are all part of a multi-million pound project helping to boost the life chances of Derby’s children. The project is creating a quiet education revolution across the city, aimed at children across all age groups - from early years to employment. It aims to ensure raised standards and better careers potential after Derby was judged to be almost bottom on the national social mobility scale. After the first 18 months, test results in up to 28 selected primary schools have shown major improvements after targeted help in phonics, reading and writing and maths. This includes schools such as Rosehill Infant School, where 82% achieved the national average in phonics last year after results had been "on a downward trend" for several years. Young people have also been taking part in a wide range of art and sports activities, which otherwise they might have had chance … [Read more...] about How Derby schools like Rosehill Infant have improved results in record time
IT MAY only be half-term, but already teenagers across the north, and their parents, are starting to get stressed about summer exams. Last week internationally acclaimed author and expert in teenage mental health Nicola Morgan spoke to Year 10 and 11 pupils in Belfast about wellbeing and stress management, in an event organised by Libraries NI and Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Nicola, whose books includes The Teenage Guide to Stress, Study Skills, and Blame My Brain, spoke to students from Glengormley High School and Our Lady and St Patrick's College, Knock, on how stress impacts performance, the effects of social media and general wellbeing in a session designed to provide effective management strategies for both exams and teens' futures. She was joined by Debbie Hicks from The Reading Agency who spoke about Reading Well: The Shelf Help Collection. This is available throughout Libraries NI branches, providing free access to the 35 book collection which has been chosen by young people … [Read more...] about Expert Nicola Morgan: Planning, relaxation and good stress are key to exam success
Last year the government introduced a new “gold standard GCSE” designed to be more difficult than the previous iteration of the exam students take at the end of secondary school. This was done with the intention of giving students a qualification that would attract greater interest from employers. However, Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee, recently denounced GCSEs as "pointless", reports the BBC . He believes they no longer have a place in an education system where most pupils no longer leave school aged 16. He argued that GCSEs should be scrapped and A Levels replaced by a combination of academic and vocational subjects that would result in a baccalaureate. Students would no longer pick subjects to study further into their education, instead studying a broader range of subjects. The Claim: In 2018 the government launched the new “ gold standard GCSE ” that hundreds of thousands of students will be taking from now on. These gold … [Read more...] about Does the exam system in the UK need an overhaul?