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Education Secretary Damian Hinds Announces Character Panel

The Education Secretary has announced a Character panel to find ways to help young people develop character and resilience. Find out more with our blog and see how Character Education: The Star Awards Programme can help your school. 

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Five

Maintaining a healthy body can help promote a healthy mind. Our award-winning whole school PE, health and fitness programme Champions includes strategies and activities for developing children’s mental health and wellbeing. Scroll down to download sample lesson plans from Champions Year 6 unit ‘Healthy mind: healthy body’ to try with your class this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
 

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Four

We know that SATs week can be a pressured time for children. In Reading Planet’s My How to be Happy Scrapbook, Jo records ways to be happy and overcome stress and worry as part of a school project. With SATs week coinciding with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek this year, we’ve picked out a few of Jo’s tips for you to share with your child. 

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Three

Our sister publisher Galore Park offer a wealth of top tips and strategies for dealing with exam stress and building pupil confidence on their blog. We’ve compiled their top 5 wellbeing blogs for you to browse this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Two

At Rising Stars, we believe that developing wellbeing and character is an important part of growing up.  This includes helping children develop resilience and moral compass. To help you with this we’ve put together a few wellbeing lesson ideas and strategies for you to try with your class this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day One

Our sister publisher Franklin Watts and Wayland publishes a series of mindfulness books titled Mindful Me. This series explores how a mindful attitude to life can enhance enjoyment, promote a sense of calm and confidence, and provide young people with a 'friend for life'. We’ve compiled a few mindfulness exercises for you to try with your children this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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Use this assembly plan to teach children about resilience

An assembly plan that teaches children to recognise resilience as an important character quality, taken from The Star Awards Programme for Primary Schools by Shona Pye and Geoff Smith. In the assembly children are taught some of the key vocabulary associated with resilience, what makes a person resilient and how they can encourage this in themselves.

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Reading Can Future Proof Your Kids

Dr Kathy Weston talks about the positive effects of encouraging reading in your home on your child's education. Read on to find out why books aren't just for bedtime.

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Parents, do you know how powerful you are?

Read Dr Kathy Weston's 4 top tips for supporting your child's education from home.  Read more »

Character Education - the Star Awards Challenge (Part 2)

In part 2 of this series of blog posts from the authors of our brand new title Character Education: The Star Awards Programme for Primary Schools, Geoff Smith explains his motivations behind writing Character Education and describes the process of its implementation in his own school in Cornwall.

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