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Teenage victimofManchester bombing becomes first Yo Ambassador forMindfulness in Schools Pro


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Marking the start ofMental Health AwarenessWeek, a national mindfulness charity announces today that a sixth form student from Huddersfield who was involved in the 2017Manchester Arena terrorist attack becomes their first Youth Ambassador, having found vital support in her meditation practice following the bombing.


Emily Brierley was 15 at the time of the suicide attack, in which twenty-three people died, including the attacker, and 139 were wounded, more than half of whom were children. She says mindfulness and meditation changed her life. Having struggled to deal with the psychological trauma following the event she used mindfulness to learn to accept her feelings and accept what she was going through.


Since the bombing Emily has become a trained meditation teacher and has helped lead a mindfulness workshop for victims of terror at theWarrington Peace Foundation, which included those involved in the Tunisia beach attack, the London Bridge attack, theWarrington bombing as well as war veterans. She is now passionate about bringing mindfulness to more young people and using mindfulness to support people through difficulty and trauma. Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) is a national charity which aims to improve the lives of chi with high-quality, research-based classroom lessons. They train teachers to teach secular mindfuln


ess in schools, providing a ldren by providing them


life skill that children can come back to time after time to help them manage difficulty and flourish. Nearly 5,000 teachers have already attended their life-changing training, and their curricula is used worldwide, having been translated into 12 languages.


MiSP is launching its Youth Ambassador programme to markMental Health AwarenessWeek and as part of its ‘AMillionMindsMatter’ appeal, which aims to reach a million young people over the next five years.


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Student teachers at the Alliance for Learning SCITT to qualify


TT fy in physical andmental health first aid


School (AFL) SCITT in September will benefit from training at the Alliance for Learning Teaching Student teachers embarking on their teacher


in both mental health and physical first aid by the programme. This means they will become trained the introduction of a new physical first aid


AFL, the teaching school part of Altrincham end of their first term.


physical first aid course alongside itsMental Grammar School for Girls, has launched the


comprehensive package of skills to equip aspiring Health First Aid training, to provide a


teachers with some of the most important skills


Depending on their entry route and area of they’ll need on the job.


for use in secondary schools. The qualification will or Level 3 in Emergency First Aid atWork (1 day) Level 3 Paediatric First Aid in Early Years (2 days) Paediatric First Aid for primary school (1 day), focus, students will be offered Level 3 in


be accredited by the Ofqual approved Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).


AFL already provides a variety of mental health first aid courses to individuals working in a variety of sectors including education. The addition of the new qualification will see the school be able to offer the joint CPD programme to those working in the leisure, corporate and early years sectors for the first time.


Lisa Fathers, Director at Alliance For Learning Teaching School and national trainer forMHFA England explains: “Anyone working in an


education setting plays a vital role in supporting a child’s wellbeing. As physical and mental health qualifications aren’t essential for all teachers, not everyone feels confident to deal with some of the health-related matters that can crop up on a day- to-day basis, especially those who may be in the early stages of their teaching career. Students choosing our SCITT route into the profession can


be confident they will have these important skills early on and from a resource point of view, the schools they are working in will also see the benefits.”


AFL has already trained more than 4,000


people in mental health first aid and is one of the lead partners in the GreaterManchesterMentally Healthy Schools1 pilot project commissioned by Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.


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Local college takes the high roadwith newcourses


learners who want to continue in higher education and the rising cost of traditional university fees.


Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College has announced that it will add two new courses to its offering in a bid to bridge the gap between


The only college in Birmingham and Solihull rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED has announced the addition of two new higher education courses from September 2019; HNC & HND in Healthcare Practice and HNC & HND in Performing Arts. Both courses will be added to the curriculum, alongside the current two higher education courses; the Level 5 Diploma in Education &Training and HNC & HND in Advanced Practice in Early Years Education.


The aim of these new higher education courses 12 www.education-today.co.uk


is to provide greater opportunities for students to progress to higher level study, at significantly lower fees than those charged by universities. This falls in line with the Department for Education releasing its latest Skills Index results, which sees a drop of over 25 per cent in the last five years. The Index uses increases in earnings attributable to different types of training to estimate a total impact on productivity.Many education experts are backing the importance of providing 18+ year olds with opportunities to continue traditional learning in a more inclusive way.


https://ww www.jcc.ac.uk/ k/ May 2019


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