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20/05/22

Retweeted From Northmead Junior School

Outdoor Classroom Day 2022 has been wonderful. Thank you sunshine ♡ Ask your child what they learnt whilst enjoying the sun and our beautiful grounds today. https://t.co/wU3oTMRfbc

20/05/22

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Sniff sniff! Goodbye and good luck to our lovely Year 13 linguists! https://t.co/dAfSslJDul

19/05/22

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This week, Y8 had their second day with learning about student life and support at uni. They’re also now experts at Rock Paper Scissors after learning how to win using probability and psychology! Students also had a go at bandaging in the First Aid Society Taster. https://t.co/D4IuCN7Ud3

19/05/22

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Making friends at GA https://t.co/MS3mT4xFoe

19/05/22

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Don't forget to sign up to as your Appropriate Body & provider for September 2022. is one of our fantastic regional delivery partners and we are excited to be working with so many schools across Hampshire and Surrey. https://t.co/V6FLnY4fdK https://t.co/cHH7tw9Q1Y

19/05/22

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SAfE is delighted to be working as part of the to pilot new models of locality-based professional accountability; for the benefit of all children and the whole school community. Take a look at the programme website for further information https://t.co/eMjnV7zljs https://t.co/KjnjD1LJTn

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot School

Fascinating hearing about the Y12 Gov+Politics trip to parliament yesterday. Students getting to experience the from the public gallery and tour of the

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Lovely day for a bit of cricket in PE today! ☀️🏏 https://t.co/PpIfNsFj1k

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Well done to the yr9 cricket team who got their first win of the season against this afternoon. 🏏👏☀️ https://t.co/c2KlFDThBM

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot Languages

Rounding off the 'Home and Town' topic with Year 7 French with a research project on French-speaking towns and cities! https://t.co/ojBhjmv1QA

19/05/22

Well done to all at Fullbrook. https://t.co/hru0IvROkr

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot School

Starting off the day with House Cricket! 🔴🟠🟢🔵🟣🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏 https://t.co/2oUf7Ewapw

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Good win for the yr7 boys cricket team as they travelled to this afternoon for a friendly before next week's Surrey plate game with 👍🏏 mom Brandon and Josh G

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Well done to yr9 Gryphon who were house cricket winners this afternoon 👏 https://t.co/CzUFTmbaGL

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Community and belonging

13th May 2022

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, with the theme being loneliness. Interestingly, research tells us that loneliness is more prevalent in young people rather than the elderly and theorists are currently researching the link between this age group, loneliness and social media. The charity Mind, suggests that there are a number of ways that we can strive to combat feelings of loneliness. One of the most significant ways is to foster a sense of community and belonging. Last week we witnessed first-hand the support that our primary cohort of trainees give to one another. Rachel Hughlock, (Learning Partners Primary Development Lead) led a wonderful session on promoting reading.

SCITT traineesThe trainees created reading journals and whilst working, discussed the remainder of their time as trainee teachers. These informal opportunities to make connections are some of the most meaningful for our cohorts and friendships develop that will see them into their first years of teaching.

As our weekly training sessions draw to a close the trainees often reflect on the support these weekly sessions have given them. Whilst the professional development is crucial, it is the moral support that helps them to thrive.

The summer term is when our sense of belonging is often challenged as we look to the next steps in our schooling or career. Taking the next step will be easier if we have our community to lean on and support us. Just as we guide our trainee teachers into their first teaching post, our schools guide pupils into the next stages of their life; working together to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.

One of my favourite novels is ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom. It is a wonderful story where the protagonist meets people he has influenced throughout his life without even realising the impact of his actions. Albom writes, ‘The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone’. As I sit at my laptop today working in quiet isolation, I recognise that around me I have the wonderful SCITT team who are always willing to support me and the trainees no matter how challenging the situation might be. In your schools, you will know those colleagues who help you and your pupils to feel less alone.

The Dutch theologian Henri Nouwen says, ‘The best sense of community does give one a deep sense of belonging and well-being; and in that sense community takes away loneliness.’ Let’s all reach out to those around us in the coming months and use our community to support each other.

 

Jo Jones, Director of ITT, Learning Partners

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