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Well-being – Positive Education, Strength Spotting and the ‘F’ word.

24 February 2016

I have just come back from the parent workshop on Resilient and Resourceful Young People presented by our visiting expert in Positive Education, Clive Leach where more than 50 parents were encouraged to use the ‘F’ word and to go Strength Spotting.  

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Of course there was so much more on Positive Education Clive talked about and has been working on with our school community this week to support us in our well-being journey. We will be sharing this across our community over the coming weeks and months here in this weekly blog on Well-being, in the continuing professional development of our teachers, in lessons and assemblies with our students and with our parents. 

Returning to the ‘F’ word , of course it is FLOURISHING. Just as plants in a garden grow and flourish if we tend and nurture them so we as individuals will become the best we can be if we work on developing positive emotions, engage with life whether it be good or bad, nurture our relationships, find meaning and purpose in our lives and look to our accomplishments. This is what is referred to as P.E.R.M.A and you will be hearing a lot more about how we are planning to embed this in our community.

A very powerful way of enabling ourselves and our children to flourish is to recognise our strengths and that of others. This week students, teachers and parents have been reminded of the strengths work that has already been undertaken in the school and many parents have been introduced to it for the first time. 

If you want to join in with strength spotting, the Values in Action survey is a great way to start.  Here you can discover your strengths and those of your children. They may be perseverance, courage, love, kindness, zest for life, leadership or love of learning. There are 24 in total. Once you have this knowledge it is a very powerful way of identify firstly in yourself the strengths you have and how you use them, under use them or over use them, and secondly in your children.  The parents who participated in the workshops this week went away with a powerful tool for engaging with their children through spotting their strengths and supporting their children in using these strengths to flourish, to be the best they can be. Another useful website to visit is The Strengths Exchange website which can be accessed here.

If you would like to learn more about our Well-being programme and how you as parents can participate, please email me here.

Sue Smith, Well-being Co-Ordinator

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