emotional learning

How ‘Buddy Benches’ are making playtime less lonely

Dougal Shaw for the BBC reports : “The school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven’t got anyone to play with. But a special type of bench is helping pupils make friends and get people talking…
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The gap year for social, emotional and vocational learning in Irish secondary education

Aidan Clerkin, from the¬†Educational Research Centre (Dublin, Ireland), writes : “The Irish education system includes a quasi-gap year, known as transition year (TY), midway through secondary school. Students may choose to complete six years of secondary education (including TY as the…
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Towards a more rounded curriculum

Writing in The Psychologist (Feb. 8th 2018), Esther Ford, a trainee Educational Psychotherapist, questions what is missing from the education system: might aspects of psychoanalytic thought be part of the answer? She says: “Like many, I am increasingly frustrated with our education…
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