Brillantmont is very proud that our Student Wellbeing & Pastoral Care Coordinator, Mrs Julianne Brown, is on the National Executive Committee of NAPCE (The National Association of Pastoral Care in Education- www.napce.org.uk).
Student wellbeing is at the heart of the Brillantmont experience and Mrs Brown works hard across the team of staff, ensuring that every BM student feels happy, secure and at home.
Julianne successfully organised and hosted a conference at Brillantmont in May, welcoming others from international schools to explore the question of 'The impact of Behaviour and Wellbeing on Educational Outcomes', with Pastoral Care experts Professor Stan Tucker and Dr. Dave Trottman from Newman University, UK.
Julianne reflects, "Educational research in the area of social and emotional wellbeing in schools has established a strong evidence base for linking wellbeing and academic achievement. An important research report in this area, in the UK, was: "The impact of Behaviour and Wellbeing on Educational Outcomes" (DfE Research Report 2012), which found that "Children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social, and school wellbeing, on average, have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in school."
Nonetheless, social and emotional wellbeing is often considered as a personal issue. NAPCE partnered with Brillantmont to run a one-day conference focusing on "Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Education and Care". The aim of the conference was to encourage a more proactive, integrated, whole school approach for social and emotional wellbeing where health, boarding and academic colleagues would have a space to reflect on these important issues together and consider other possibilities for wellbeing practice in their schools.
The diverse mix of participants suggests that pastoral care issues are a concern for everyone who works in the school context."
One thing is for sure -organising conferences such as this, provide opportunities to share and exchange ideas and maybe find new perspectives, as we strive to keep student well-being at the very heart of all that we do here at Brillantmont.