Easy wins to boost your wellbeing everyday

Easy wins to boost your wellbeing everyday

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“The first thing to know is that feelings of stress and struggle are not signs that you are breaking, they are signs that something important to you is happening, which needs your attention,”
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Is realism the key to wellbeing?

Is realism the key to wellbeing?

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Life coaches and motivational speakers often treat positive thinking as the key to happiness.
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Should every organisation have a wellbeing office?

Should every organisation have a wellbeing office?

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In these unprecedented times, comprehensive wellbeing (mental, emotional, physical, financial and professional) in the workplace is so important.
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How to present “better” on video calls.

How to present “better” on video calls.

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Let’s face it: Many of us are going to be working from home for a long time, especially as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike across the country
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A Covid Christmas?

A Covid Christmas?

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Christmas usually starts in summer for marketers, with retailers in particular famous for plotting and filming their seasonal ad blitz months in advance.
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Will a wellbeing officer become a “must have” post for organisations?

Will a wellbeing officer become a “must have” post for organisations?

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The rise of new job roles is an indicator of the rapid transformations that businesses are undergoing as they adapt to a world where the coronavirus pandemic is now a fact of life, writes Nick Matthews.
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HR tuning into the benefits of engagement

HR tuning into the benefits of engagement

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SOME BUSINESSES HAVE RE-OPENED, WHILE MANY MORE ARE PREPARING TO GET UP AND RUNNING AGAIN. THE QUESTION IS, CAN THEY OPERATE IN A WAY WHICH IS SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE FOR BOTH EMPLOYEES AND THE BUSINESS?
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Wellbeing is big business!

Wellbeing is big business!

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A relaunched wellbeing start-up has raised £1m in funding. Heka, previously GoSweat, has received pre-seed funding from Playfair Capital with participants including experienced Angels, ex-professional athletes, mental health experts, as well as the founders of Thomson’s Online Benefits
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Wellbeing advice for men emerging from lockdown.

Wellbeing advice for men emerging from lockdown.

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In England, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem. It’s a well-established fact that men have traditionally been more reluctant than women to access professional healthcare support, and are more impacted by conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
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Working from home, wellbeing advice.

Working from home, wellbeing advice.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the world of work – seeing many businesses remote working – employers are learning more about the importance of effective communication
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Could this be adopted by schools and businesses for better staff wellbeing?

Could this be adopted by schools and businesses for better staff wellbeing?

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Exeter Community Wellbeing is three months old. It doesn’t sound like a long time but we are stunned by the amount of change we have seen over this period
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How can wellbeing be improved in the tech industry?

How can wellbeing be improved in the tech industry?

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Businesses are losing a lot of money to mental ill-health. The pace at which the tech industry moves and the pressure to deliver can leave staff struggling to keep up.
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How EVC can help HR managers ask staff the right questions.

How EVC can help HR managers ask staff the right questions.

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Line managers will need new skills as well as extra guidance on looking after themselves as some employees return to work while others continue to do their jobs from home
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Staff engagement – the big “takeaway” from Covid.

Staff engagement – the big “takeaway” from Covid.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered the meaning of “survival”. Its impact has had rearing effects on the health, safety and well-being of the human race.
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Wellbeing v GDP. Antipodes or twins?

Wellbeing v GDP. Antipodes or twins?

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Coronavirus shows why we need an economy designed for wellbeing
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How to build mental and emotional resilience in your staff

How to build mental and emotional resilience in your staff

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The latest ONS study shows that nearly half of people in the UK experienced increased anxiety as the country’s lockdown began, which is to be expected given the unusual and unpredictable circumstances we’re all in.
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Important “takeaways” for wellbeing from Covid-19

Important “takeaways” for wellbeing from Covid-19

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Sagi is a former VP for marketing at MSN, and shifted from a career working in a large corporation to helping and supporting the wellbeing of others. For the last 16 years, Sagi has worked with individuals, couples, groups, corporate leaders, and schools in supporting mental health, development, and growth
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Employee engagement now not just a “bolt on” but a necessary embedded strategy.

Employee engagement now not just a “bolt on” but a necessary embedded strategy.

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“Employee Wellbeing” SaaS platforms have been around for some time. Both regulation and increasing stress levels and health problems in the workplace have fed the rise of this sector of tech
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Watch out Alexa!

Watch out Alexa!

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Emerging platforms: Xiaodu is riding China's smart speaker rise
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Empathy or Opportunism? Branding and political activism

Empathy or Opportunism? Branding and political activism

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Brands show solidarity with George Floyd protests, but can they contribute to real change?
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How to engage with the LGBT+ community in Pride month

How to engage with the LGBT+ community in Pride month

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As we enter Pride month, GSK marketer and commercial director at Outvertising Jerry Daykin outlines some do's and don'ts for brands hoping to reach and engage an LGBT+ audience with their media.
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Will “real” events ever return as strongly post-covid?

Will “real” events ever return as strongly post-covid?

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Move it or lose it: now publishers run virtual events, do they hunger for a real return?
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How advertising agencies presented the end of Ramadan during Covid

How advertising agencies presented the end of Ramadan during Covid

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Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr around the world: how brands celebrated during coronavirus
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One of the big winners from Covid-Tik Tok

One of the big winners from Covid-Tik Tok

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TikTok explains why it's pitching itself on TV amid a lockdown growth spurt
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One agency’s experience of  Covid

One agency’s experience of Covid

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‘Suddenly we were like a restaurant with no diners’ – inside an agency's closure
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The effect of lockdown on wellbeing

The effect of lockdown on wellbeing

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Workers around the globe are struggling with the lack of social interaction, according to a new survey by recruitment experts, Hays. What can employers do to help with the mental wellbeing of their employees
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How Zoopla is adapting to the “new normal”

How Zoopla is adapting to the “new normal”

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How Zoopla is building a new marketing strategy as pandemic hits property listings
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Does “Stay Alert” work?

Does “Stay Alert” work?

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In defence of the 'stay alert, control the virus, save lives' messaging
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Exiting lockdown with a plan.

Exiting lockdown with a plan.

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I don’t mind admitting that I’ve found it incredibly hard being a human being let alone a decent leader over the past month or so. On the leadership front I’d give myself a four out of 10 tops.
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Easing staff back to work post-Covid.

Easing staff back to work post-Covid.

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Coronavirus: Four things to remember to prepare your business for a post-pandemic world
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A success story from Covid.  How a brewery adapted to a potential meltdown

A success story from Covid. How a brewery adapted to a potential meltdown

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Beavertown Brewery enters DTC after Covid-19 wiped out 85% of business
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How not to zone out on a Zoom conference.

How not to zone out on a Zoom conference.

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You join a video conference call. You’re one of nine faces on the screen. About 10 minutes into the call, your mind starts to wander and you realize you have no idea what the last person just said
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How long will Zoom lead the video chat race?

How long will Zoom lead the video chat race?

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Zoom may have the lead, but the video chat wars have only just begun
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China and Denmark signposting the “new normal” for the UK?

China and Denmark signposting the “new normal” for the UK?

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Schools in Denmark and China have started to reopen. Their tactics for keeping everyone safe and the experience of returning to the classroom could be a guide for the rest of the world
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Marketing on a shoestring – The Faroe Islands

Marketing on a shoestring – The Faroe Islands

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Somewhere on a rocky archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, someone is taking a walk around her island home. She abides by social distancing laws, although that’s hardly difficult in a territory with a population of 52,000.
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How EVC can help your wellbeing through Covid-19

How EVC can help your wellbeing through Covid-19

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While COVID-19 is grinding much of society to a halt, schooling has entered uncharted territory. During this time, it is important that teachers look after themselves. Fortunately, there are evidence-backed strategies that can help support teachers’ wellbeing.
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Be careful live streaming!

Be careful live streaming!

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Lock virtual classrooms and limit screen sharing to protect pupils while hosting online meetings on video conferencing app Zoom, children's commissioner says
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Retaining staff during and after Coronavirus

Retaining staff during and after Coronavirus

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How can you ensure the disruption from coronavirus isn’t going to negatively impact on your staff retention? We speak to school leaders about their approach
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The Good, the bad and the ugly of wellbeing.

The Good, the bad and the ugly of wellbeing.

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FTSE companies that prioritise wellbeing and engagement outperform others by 10 percent according to a study from SOMA Analytics. Similar results are apparent across a range of related studies. With such a significant impact, it’s surprising that businesses are still not measuring the impact of wellbeing activities to optimise their offering.
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Keeping healthy working from home

Keeping healthy working from home

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With more teachers swapping classrooms for front rooms, Oliver Ireland shares five ways to avoid bad home-working habits
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Tips on home working

Tips on home working

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Many businesses have begun to embrace the idea of flexible working and working from home and, in the current climate, more and more of us may find ourselves plunged into doing so for longer than the one to two days a week, which employers and employees adapt to fairly easily.
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Working remotely- how to keep up your wellbeing

Working remotely- how to keep up your wellbeing

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We know the trend for people working from home is rising. The HSO says 50% of workers in the UK will be remote-based by the end of this year.
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Easy steps towards mental health resilience

Easy steps towards mental health resilience

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How to improve your mental wellbeing: From gardening to singing classes Caring for our mental health should be second nature – here's how to make that happen
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Community, Corporates and Education together

Community, Corporates and Education together

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Ads We Like: Nike Football shows how sport can bring a community together and give kids hope
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From Illness to wellness

From Illness to wellness

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It’s 10 am. I’m sat on the floor gasping for breath. I’ve just had a monumental panic attack. I’ve had them before but this one terrifies me. It was the final curtain call of my body telling me to just stop
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Some great wellbeing ideas from tech firms

Some great wellbeing ideas from tech firms

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OPINION Vox pop: What mental wellbeing initiative has been successful at your own organisation?
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Wellbeing is a priority not an option

Wellbeing is a priority not an option

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As a business owner, your employees are the backbone of your success. Most entrepreneurs and business owners know that they need to hire the right people, train them well, and create a positive company culture. But how often do you consider the importance of your employees’ overall wellbeing?
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4 ways to improve your mental health

4 ways to improve your mental health

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So, while we clearly shouldn’t need to "escape" from our chosen career, having the ability to take ourselves away from our environment – whether’s mentally or physically – can do wonders for mental health. Here's how.
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Wellbeing doesn’t need to cost your employer

Wellbeing doesn’t need to cost your employer

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Why wellbeing works for business UK employers are finding ways to keep staff happy, healthy and committed
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Great advice on wellbeing!

Great advice on wellbeing!

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Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco, Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader at the British School in The Netherlands, sets out the six essential elements that she believes are needed to boost students’ mental health and wellbeing, both at school and at home.
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NHS Scotland on our wavelength in this article!

NHS Scotland on our wavelength in this article!

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Mindfulness could reduce teacher stress – but overall there is a lack of research about interventions, says report
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How companies can facilitate digital wellbeing for customers

How companies can facilitate digital wellbeing for customers

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An important implication of digital marketing is the sheer volume of content it builds and the frequency at which it is delivered. This could lead to a sense of digital overwhelm, even necessitating a detox in some cases.
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Roll back the negativity!

Roll back the negativity!

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We all know this job is hard, writes Lisa Lockley, but lately it feels like it’s full of nothing but negativity. But it doesn’t have to be this way
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How to become more resilient in the workplace

How to become more resilient in the workplace

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Teacher wellbeing: 5 ways to avoid decision paralysis Stuck between choices? Is time disappearing while you dither? Louise Turtle offers her tips to help teachers be decisive
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Practical advice for SLT on managing staff mental health

Practical advice for SLT on managing staff mental health

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Teachers tell their students that mindset matters. Yet teachers do not always allow themselves space to receive those same messages of reflection and self-care.
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Amazing, what young people are capable of!

Amazing, what young people are capable of!

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The 20 most inspirational young people in Kent in 2019 It's quite often the people doing unheralded and fantastic work in their communities who go unnoticed
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Wellbeing a much abused word?

Wellbeing a much abused word?

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I have been really inspired by the work of What Works Centre for Wellbeing and have become to realise what a misrepresented word it really is. Wellbeing can be a catchall for so many ideas and products that are not really, in essence, anything to do with the word itself.
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When wellbeing is not wellbeing

When wellbeing is not wellbeing

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An endless succession of staff-wellbeing events can come at the expense of actual wellbeing, says Samantha Dubois
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How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

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Concern has been growing over rising rates of self-harm in teenagers. In the UK and Ireland, increases began around the time of the 2008 economic crash and show no sign of slowing.
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The dangers of being too committed

The dangers of being too committed

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Working overtime is not something to be proud of – it leads to a culture of unmanageable expectations, warns Guy Doza
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Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

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The Government must take action to address the shortage of psychiatrists, contributing to lengthy NHS waiting times and having devastating effects on people reaching out for support, writes Baroness Parminter.
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GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

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The nation’s intelligence services are directly looking to recruit people with dyslexia and other neurological differences, the head of GCHQ has confirmed.
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The rise of “County Lines” slavery

The rise of “County Lines” slavery

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There has been an eightfold increase in the number of child victims of modern slavery referred by local councils in England for support. National Crime Agency figures reveal the number of children earmarked for help grew from 127 in 2014 to 1,152 last year - an increase of 807%.
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Royals back mental health awareness

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a government-run school for disadvantaged youngsters in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad
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The power of music

The power of music

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According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety.
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When wellbeing goes wrong!

When wellbeing goes wrong!

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School ridiculed for asking pupils to raise money for staff room 'biscuits and treats'
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More funding for FE vocational training

More funding for FE vocational training

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Gavin Williamson has pledged £120m for new specialist institutes in a bid to “overtake Germany” in delivering the best technical education.
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New study indicates summer born babies more prone to depression

New study indicates summer born babies more prone to depression

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Summer-born children are more likely to suffer depression in childhood, study reveals for the first time
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How inside and outside green spaces can enhance wellbeing

How inside and outside green spaces can enhance wellbeing

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What do trees, shrubs, grasses, green plants, parks, beaches, open fields, and flowering gardens have to do with your mental health?
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Are schools destined to be Sunderland till they die?

Are schools destined to be Sunderland till they die?

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I am in debt this week to an enlightening presentation which I make no apologies for highly plagiarising as I thinks its finding are so powerful.
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New T levels approved of by majority of parents (who knew what they were!)

New T levels approved of by majority of parents (who knew what they were!)

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The majority of parents believe that getting an apprenticeship gives youngsters a better chance of securing a good job than going to university, according to a poll.
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Physical activity and mental health inextricably linked says new study

Physical activity and mental health inextricably linked says new study

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A new study will explore the relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing in Irish secondary school students. Details of the ambitious study was announced earlier this week, with the aim of at least four schools in every county taking part.
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It smells like team spirit?

It smells like team spirit?

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What does it take to create a collective staff? This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
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Effectively using feedback gained from EVC

Effectively using feedback gained from EVC

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One the questions I get asked most about by schools once we have dealt with how the system works and...
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Putting community back into the curriculum.

Putting community back into the curriculum.

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We trust schools to steward the children of today into the adults of tomorrow. They’re certainly apt at nurturing our ability to calculate, compete, and cram – but what about our capacity to connect?
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Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

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A wellbeing initiative needs to be measured carefully to assess its impact. Establishing what you’re trying to improve – and determining how you can measure this – can make the difference between a successful strategy and a waste of time and money.
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How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

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WE ALL HAVE THOSE DAYS WHERE WE DREAD GOING INTO WORK IN THE MORNING.
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A parent’s guide to teenage parties

A parent’s guide to teenage parties

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The party scene is a much bigger part of teen life than it used to be. This not a puritanical comment: quite the opposite
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Young people taking a gap year maybe more employable?

Young people taking a gap year maybe more employable?

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Could taking a gap year out of education boost the employability of young people?
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“Childhood” under threat in the internet age warn leading experts

“Childhood” under threat in the internet age warn leading experts

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Experts have warned a “childhood crisis” is on the way as youngsters face unparalleled social pressures amid Government cuts to children’s services.
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Real wellbeing is not about yoga but dialogue and communication

Real wellbeing is not about yoga but dialogue and communication

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The Labour Party wants all government policy decisions to be gauged against people’s future health and wellbeing. The proposed Future Generations Wellbeing Act for England would, among other things, introduce a ‘health equality audit’ of government decisions.
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27 European travel destinations on a teachers budget

27 European travel destinations on a teachers budget

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There is no tired like teacher tired. Those of you who happen to be captain of the classroom, I’ve got your back with these 27 European travel destinations for teachers!
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Gibb: Internationalist outlook post Brexit more important than ever

Gibb: Internationalist outlook post Brexit more important than ever

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Continuing to have an outward-looking education system is ‘more important than ever’, claims schools minister Nick Gibb
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“The Edtech 50 demonstrated the power of edtech to support learners”

“The Edtech 50 demonstrated the power of edtech to support learners”

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There is a new energy behind edtech in schools and technology firms. And government is now coming on board, too
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Families need more awareness of food allergies experts claim

Families need more awareness of food allergies experts claim

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FAMILIES need to be educated about suffering a severe allergic reaction following the death of a schoolboy who had cheese thrown at him, experts have recommended. They have also called for places of worship and the NHS to work together to raise awareness of food allergies
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Technology replacing books for bedtime stories

Technology replacing books for bedtime stories

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Busy parents are relying on smart speakers to tell children bedtime stories or are substituting storytime with videos
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Supporting staff wellbeing: Heads Together

Supporting staff wellbeing: Heads Together

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Wellbeing is all about our holistic health, including the physical and emotional. When we have good levels of wellbeing we feel that life is in balance and that we can generally cope well. We feel motivated and engaged, we’re resilient and able to deal effectively with daily troubles, as well as ’bounce back’ from life’s challenges.
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Thousands of young people fear judgement of talking about mental health-report

Thousands of young people fear judgement of talking about mental health-report

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More than 5,000 responses were made to See Me Scotland’s Feels FM campaign, which found youngsters worry they will not be listened to.
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The war on “like” in Yorkshire

The war on “like” in Yorkshire

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MPs launch inquiry following concerns oracy is ‘undervalued and overlooked within state education’
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One in four girls say they are not clever

One in four girls say they are not clever

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Low self-esteem affects even high-achieving children, study finds – and could affect performance if not tackled
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Wellbeing: When ”I’m fine!” is far from the truth

Wellbeing: When ”I’m fine!” is far from the truth

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Teachers put on a brave face, but asking for help is a step towards better mental health, says Nikki Cunningham-Smith
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Give 16-year-olds more choice say employers

Give 16-year-olds more choice say employers

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Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to a choice of A-levels or T-levels, business leaders say.
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Wellbeing experts share top tips on living healthier and happier

Wellbeing experts share top tips on living healthier and happier

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Now in its eighth year, Global Wellness Day (GWD), on Saturday 8 June, will be celebrated in more than 130 countries and in over 5,000 different locations.
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It smells like team spirit?

It smells like team spirit?

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What does it take to create a collective staff? This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
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How to make surveys in schools effective in a few easy steps

How to make surveys in schools effective in a few easy steps

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However, the concept of surveying in schools remains relatively undeveloped. There have always been surveys, mainly to do with impending Ofsted visits or in times of relative pressure. But in todays fast paced, social media driven environment it is imperative to know what your influencers think and be able to respond effectively and appropriately.
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Wellbeing at the edge.

Wellbeing at the edge.

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A long time ago in an era far, far away West Coast was synonymous with hippiedom and ideas that frankly weren’t well… for us. However, the Silicon Valley revolution, the Internet and the rise of global dotcom power has placed the West Coast at the very centre of everything we now do and will do.
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