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Reducing barriers to learning.

The importance of taking time to Celebrate achievements

In the current climate of time and workload pressures in schools, it can often be too easy to finish one project or intervention and dive headlong into the next.

If we are not careful, this ‘endless treadmill’ can take the joy out of life and leave us feeling at the least unmotivated and at the worst stressed and burnt out, affecting not just the quality of our work but our own emotional and mental health also. It is important to build in time, where we can take a breath, reflect and celebrate our achievements - which, when we really think about it, far outweigh our disappointments!

This way, celebration becomes part of our whole school ethos that in turn promotes emotional and mental health.

It’s also important to spend time with pupils in receipt of interventions, not just measuring progress but also celebrating the positive impact on the child or young person – raising their awareness of how life, learning or relationships have improved for the better.

Below you can see a number of practical ideas for celebration:

   Fostering gratitude in schools

Gratitude can be fostered in school in the following ways: work it into daily conversation - e.g. saying thank you after paired working in class always find the silver lining - a wet play may be a miserable prospect for some, but find ways to identify how it might have w...Read more

   Get your pupils involved in the National Thank a Teacher Day celebrations!

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   National and International Awareness Days

Across the UK and throughout the world there are a number of days, weeks, and months a year dedicated to certain causes, ideas, or remembrances. These events can be a great kick-starter for celebration events at your school, and can help staff structure individual or groups of events with the sc...Read more

   National Thank A Teacher Day

To celebrate National Than...Read more

   The power of gratitude

Studies from the University of California show that the simple practice of gratitude can help people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University o...Read more