The Wellbeing Alphabet

La Linguistica and edEUcation are pleased to offer training on a new emotional wellbeing programme: The Wellbeing Alphabet™. The Wellbeing Alphabet™ was developed a qualified Tutor and Public Health specialist, with significant child and teacher input at each stage of development. The Wellbeing Alphabet™ encourages children to explore emotional literacy through ‘wellbeing words’ from A to Z of the English alphabet. Sessions are delivered through creative, engaging approaches including film, arts, crafts, storytelling, dance, drama and music. The programme is taught to learners over 29 short sessions. The Wellbeing Alphabet™ is most appropriate for Reception- Year Two pupils (ages 4-7). It has been identified as appropriate for older children with additional learning needs, and a secondary school pilot in Year 7 is currently underway.

Case study evidence highlights that programme benefits include increased emotional literacy, development in social expression, improved behaviour and concentration at school, understanding of empathy, and developing a child’s independent exploration skills in emotional wellbeing. The wellbeing words can be translated into any language, offering a multi-lingual approach to wellbeing education. Teachers in British Schools have stated that the programme can support the curriculum teaching of subjects including English, Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE), Personal Social and Emotional Development, and British Values. The global relevance has been identified through consultation with 44 countries. This unique course will be delivered in the stunning locations of Richmond and the North Yorkshire Dales National Park, with school visits to County Durham, home of Durham University. 

Preparation

An induction pack is sent to participants on enrolment. Before the start of the course, participants will be asked to complete a pre-course questionnaire and a pre-course task which will enable the trainers to focus more specifically on the exact needs of the participants - the attached timetable, therefore, shows a sample programme for this course. The trainers will review the pre-course task during the course. Adaptations can be made for example according the language or special educational needs of pupils. 

Objectives

The course is designed to enable teachers to gain an in depth understanding of emotional wellbeing teaching, including the impact on academic attainment and social skills.

The Aim of the Course is to:

  •  provide comprehensive training in The Wellbeing Alphabet programme
  • develop and update your knowledge of British culture and approaches to wellbeing teaching
  •  equip teachers with specialist English language vocabulary- in the subject of emotional wellbeing (includes feelings, behaviour and mental health)
  • help you to motivate and inspire your students through new approaches to learning
  • evaluate materials for teaching aspects related to culture in your teaching context
  • explore a further range of authentic materials for your classroom use, including subject specific materials

Methodology

Input will be provided in a variety of ways to include seminars, practical workshops, trainer summaries and demonstrations. Sessions will take account of the course participants specific curriculum needs, learning preferences and styles. Participants will be encouraged to share their own ideas and experience, and develop networks with participants from other countries.

There will be opportunities throughout the course to gain insights into the UK education system through school site visits, collecting authentic material, making contact with native English speakers and taking part in the tailored social and cultural programme.

Follow Up

Participants will be asked to complete a study journal during their stay to reflect on the new ideas which they have experienced, and on how they will incorporate learning into their teaching. On the final day participants will present their own project plans for delivery of a ‘The Wellbeing Alphabet™’ pilot in their school, and discuss these within their group. Follow up support is available via email and participants will be encouraged to report on their progress.

 

 

Key Facts

  • 1-week course (arriving on Saturday, departing on Friday) – 5 full days teaching
  • 4 hours per day of workshops and school visits
  • 3 to 6 hours per day of cultural visits
  • Maximum of 11 participants per course
  • Minimum language level: CEFR B2 – Upper Intermediate
  • Course fees:    for Erasmus+ KA1 grants - as in the Erasmus+ guidelines; for private participants: EUR 750
  • Location: Richmond/Swaledale North Yorkshire
  • Dates:   to be confirmed
 

If you would like to register your interest in taking part in this course please Contact Us.