Wellbeing and mental health are now under the spotlight as never before. Indeed, they have become key components of the academic performance and future lives of our school communities. A study by the Children’s Society in August 2015, for example, found that the UK was ranked 14th out of 15 surveyed countries in terms of pupil mental health and wellbeing. This prompted the government to invest a further £2 billion in supporting a range of initiatives.
With this in mind, the R&D Community on Education Psychologies aims to explore and integrate various psychological and therapeutic perspectives that will enable effective teaching, learning and skill acquisition. It considers the practical holistic development of health and wellbeing of both teachers and students – from pre-school to further education.
RDC SESSIONS AT THE 2016
We staged our first event as part of ATEE’s annual 2016 conference in August. This was a one-hour version of Creating Calm – a workshop created & led by Dave Read for teachers and wider school staff that enables the development of effective classroom management through holistic wellbeing. The 12 people who attended experienced a differing integrated approach to teacher education. We showed them how we can actively work with our personal biochemistry as a basis to create a balance of mind, body and feelings. We also showed how this, in turn, underpins every aspect of effective teaching and learning.
A brief extract from the workshop is available on Youtube.
THE WELL-BEING OF LEARNERS AND TEACHERS IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ASPECTS
An Online Seminar of Four Webinars was organised in March 2017. It was a collaboration between the MOFET Institute and the R&D Community on Teacher Psychologies.
The positive mental health and wellbeing of both learners and teachers in education systems worldwide is a vital elements in the teaching and learning equation. But it is also vital in the acquisition of essential skills for life. This seminar offered explorations of both new and existing approaches. It provided new theoretical insights and practical techniques to promote academic progress through personal wellbeing and development.
Want to find out
Help shape and guide our RDC !
Establish a working group/committee
Establish the initial disciplines for focus and development.
Call for research papers and work in progress
Establish RDC events and potential series
Create a dedicated website
Webinars for ATEE members and the community
Project funding bids
Active participation of schools and organisations
Creation of an online archive
A continuing blog
An International Roadshow
All other ideas are welcome!