Growth Mindset. (Health and Well-being).

With Growth Mindset being a key issue for PPS, particularly looking at Resilience and better life skills to help both in and out of school…..here are some more resources. Big Deal Little Deal has already been shared after being introduced in school…have a look and see the little video and post explaining it for the kids and ourselves.

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Growth Mindset pocket book for Staff and others. (This can also be purchased from Amazon if you fancy using it more yourself as some parents are now doing).

 

And another wonderful video which explains a lot of Growth Mindset, ‘in action’.

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What is Loose Parts Play?

Loose Parts Play – loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.

loose-parts-play-jgpTwo play specialists here in Scotland with particular interests in Schools / Outdoor Learning and Inclusion have collaborated to create an excellent guide for http://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/. Absolutely fantastic resource for every playground and places where children can come together, collaborate, create, construct, care and thrive.

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A terrific example of Parent Led Playgroup Improvement here in East Lothian can be seen and followed through Law Primary’s journey to open their grounds to a very ripe learning environment. Parents created this group following their early start to make a significant difference – and the project was born. https://www.facebook.com/PlanetPlayNB/

You may like to check out Cramond Primary in Edinburgh too….

Our PLACE – Learn Outdoors

http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/developing-school-grounds-outdoor-spaces/cramond-primary-school-a-play-landscape/

 

Snap Survey – consultation with children and young people.

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Work on devising new Play Strategy for East Lothian is progressing quickly. Your views are invited again for the next part. Please follow the link and take a few moments to answer this short survey and pass on to others who can respond (children and young adults). Please help your children record their answers.

 

SNAP Survey! Free time in East Lothian survey

What do you think about opportunities for free time in East Lothian? Where do you like to hang out, what do you like to do, and what gets in the way of you doing it? This survey is and will help us write a Play Policy for East Lothian that covers children and young people’s play and free time opportunities.

If you need help to complete the survey, it’s fine to ask someone to help – just make sure the answers are your own!

The survey has five questions and takes up to about 5 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/freetimeEastLothian

Growth Mindset – for Parents and Families

 

 

 

 

With the focus on Growth Mindset and Emotional Resilience this academic year, it may be helpful to consider how we can promote and support this at home too, as parents and carers.the-growth-mindset-i-can-get-smarter-large

It is particularly reassuring to know that the more we build this empathetically and consistently, in our young children, the better equipped they are to deal with the considerable challenges of life as adolescents, and into adulthood.

https://www.mindsetworks.com/parents/growth-mindset-parenting

The strongest resilience comes through strong attachment with caregivers (this can include staff in Nursery and School etc) from birth through key years as children develop. It also affects teen years (which seem to start earlier and earlier given influences around), so this article may be interesting too.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/surviving-your-childs-adolescence/201304/attachment-and-detachment-parenting-adolescents

Raising Children with Confidence.

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http://growingconfidence.org/parents-carers

This is a seven session course which aims to give all parents and carers the chance to explore emotional health and wellbeing and consider how they can best promote it in themselves and their children. Drawing on the latest research it helps explain why parents’ actions make a difference to their children’s emotional wellbeing and future positive mental health. This programme is suitable for parents and carers of children aged 0-11yrs. Courses are held each term throughout the city in primary schools and community venues. Raising Children with Confidence is part of the Growing Confidence project.

http://growingconfidence.org/ Also has information around a suite of training courses designed and first implemented in Edinburgh.

Raising Children with Confidence (RCWC) – for parents and carers of children aged 0 – 10 years.

Confident Staff, Confident Children (CSCC) – for multi-agency practitioners (i.e. professionals working with children in early years, educational and community settings).

Raising Teens with Confidence (RTWC) – for parents and carers of young people aged 11 – 16 years.

Teenage Brains and Behaviour Series (TBBS)– for multi-agency practitioners (i.e. professionals working with young people in educational and community settings).

Cool, Calm and Connected (CCC) – for young people aged 11 – 16 years (used as part of PSE curriculum)

Parental Involvement – Growth Mindset

Worrying reports and statistics grow annually leading to what is now referred to as a Mental Health Crisis for Adolescents and Young Adults. This article from Herald refers to Scottish teenagers in Meltdown.

Health and Well-being has to be as high on the agenda as Academic approaches, which is why Growth Mindset Strand is one of 3 chosen for PPS to concentrate in this year’s Improvement Plan – fully supported by the Parent Council. The key theme is Resilience and approaching this in a healthy understanding and caring way has started with the introduction of “Big Deal, Little Deal.”

 

National Improvement Framework

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Launched in 2016, this is the pathway chosen to acquire data which can be used to target the desire to close the attainment gap and improve education in Scotland. Although some aspects are controversial, the concept is continuing work already started in terms of Parental Engagement.

“The Framework will see new and better information gathered throughout primary and early secondary school years to support individual children’s progress and to identify where improvement is needed. The data will be used to set precise milestones for closing the gap in attainment between children from the least and most deprived communities in Scotland.”

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/learninginscotland/improvementframework/index.asp

Have Your Say On Play: East Lothian Consultation

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Last day to respond to this survey is 30th September ’16, so please do take a few minutes to give your views. They do count! The working group will review responses and this will help shape the new Play Strategy for East Lothian. Play is the key driver for how children develop and learn so be their advocates today 🙂

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/play-strategy-draft/consult_view