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Headteachers’ Wellbeing Lunch, Networking and Talk with special guest Adrian Bethune

Headteachers’ Wellbeing Event – Friday 31st January – 1pm-3:30pm at Milton Road Primary School, CB4 2BD

Join us for a delicious lunch at Milton Road Primary School (thanks to our partners Lunchtime Company) and an afternoon of collaborative discussion, learning with and from others and reconnecting with peers.

Hear from Adrian Bethune about his book ‘Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom’ (everyone is getting a copy!). His main focus will be on your wellbeing as a headteacher but touching on the ways in which the concepts can ripple out to staff and pupil wellbeing too.

 

  • Stress Management– not all stress is bad but chronic stress can be extremely detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
  • Mindfulness– how to establish your own mindfulness practice to improve mood, increase resilience, boosts immune system functioning and increase levels of happiness.
  • Resilience – being a headteacher is full of highs and lows, but if     we’re not careful the lows can knock us down.

Date: Friday 31st Jan 2020 1:00pm-3:30pm

Venue: Milton Road Primary School, CB4 2BD

Cost: £35 (includes lunch and a copy of the book)

lunch, networking and wellbeing
Special Guest Adrian Bethune

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EmpathyLab

the power of words to build empathy and action
Empathy Day training for schools

Make the most of Empathy Day, and work towards a whole school approach using books to integrate empathy education into existing school priorities

Come to a first-step training day with EmpathyLab, founders of Empathy Day; our aim is to build children’s empathy and social activism through a more systematic use of high quality literature. With 10 primary school partners we have spent the last three years testing new approaches. 100% of teachers report impact on six key empathy skills plus children’s reading frequency, range and enjoyment. 86% report impact on expressive writing, speaking and listening. Other impacts include improvements in wellbeing, family involvement, school culture and social action. See report www.empathylab.uk/schools. We are now opening up the EmpathyLab to new partner schools, offering training to help schools lay the foundations for schools’ empathy strategies and work towards a major celebration of Empathy Day, 11 June 2019.

EmpathyLab Training 2019

EmpathyLab Newsletter Dec2018

The Big Read & Write

Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children. Our next event takes place on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Schools from across the county are invited to bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge OR join us via the live WEBCAST.

For 2020 our theme is ‘Precious Planet’ and featured author is Sita Brahamachari and her book ‘Where the river runs gold’.

Schools will be invited at the end of November 2019 to apply for places in the live audience or to subscribe to the live webcast. All participating schools, whether attending in person or connecting remotely will benefit from a dedicated teacher resource pack. Advance expressions of interest are welcomed – please email our Project Manager Suzie Young .

On the day Sita will be reading from her book, sharing storytelling tips and launching a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children. The competition offers great prizes for the winning author and their school!

in collaboration with Empathy Lab
Big Read and Write 2020 with Sita Brahamachari

 

This fantastic initiative encourages children’s love of the written word and is a collaborative project between The Kite TSA Cambridge, Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridgeshire County Council and Empathy Lab.  We’re particularly excited to be continuing our collaboration with Empathy Lab who’s work with schools is underpinned by research showing that relating imaginatively to book characters builds real-life empathy skills.

In 2015 the first ever Big Read & Write enabled Key Stage 2 children from across Cambridgeshire to hear from and be inspired by Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular “Horrid Henry” series of books. In 2016 our featured author Chris Priestley helped Year 5 children to see how they could use their imagination to develop creepy scenes, settings and characters for their very own stories of suspense. In 2018 we began our new chapter with Empathy Lab and featured Jo Cotterill and her book Library of Lemons.

As ever, we will continue to create a wonderful storytelling relay at the Big Read at The Big Weekend in July 2020.  

Don’t forget to follow @bigreadandwrite on twitter to keep up with the latest Big Read and Write news!

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