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"It's Okay" Pupil Journal and Teacher Handbook

Reduce Anxiety and Improve Resilience. Educational Journals for 7-11 yr olds.

The latest “done for you” resource written by a MH expert and teacher for use in school and at home.  Your class will learn:

  • What Anxiety is and how to change
  • fact vs fiction
  • top tips and strategeies
  • what’s important to them
  • what life can be like if they manage their anxiety.

Teachers Handbook Written for teachers without Mental Health knowledge is the companion handbook to the “It’s Okay” Pupil Activity Journal.

  • Understand Mental Wellness for 7-11yr olds
  • What vulnerability means
  • How Covid-19 has impacted your class
  • FAQ’s about Vulnerability and Resilience
  • The Role of the Teacher
  • Learn the most import skills for each section
  • Sensitivities to be aware of
  • Confidence to talk about the Journal
  • Lesson plans
  • Baseline Assessments
  • Guidance on how to teach the Journal Activities.

Deliver the 10-sessions with the Journals through: There are 10 sections within the Journal. Each 30-45 min section can be:

  • In-school or remote learning.
  • Whole class or personalised for targeted pupils.
  • Can be completed at their own pace in multiple mini sessions over the week or as a guided activity.
  • With siblings or done individually.
  • As part of curriculum or ‘golden time’.
  • Requires no technology.

Your class will learn:

  • what anxiety is and how to change
  • fact vs fiction, top tips and strategies
  • what’s important to them
  • what life can be like if they manage their anxiety.

The pupil book is written as a coaching programme; it helps children to learn about anxiousness; that it is not just about calming down or feeling nervous. The Journal shows them how they can change those intense feelings to a more useful state.

It uses children’s everyday experiences- friendship fallouts, feeling different, having difficult conversations, feeling panicky.

It shows what life can be like if you can manage your anxiety.

Pupils explore their experiences through activity pages, learn facts from fiction and gain Top Tips and strategies.

“I can confidently identify vulnerability and provide interventions without specialist knowledge!” NQT
“A life-raft for those pupils needing more resilience” CEO MAT
“Both my senior staff and new appointments found value” Head NW Primary
“I don’t feel so alone. I know it isn’t just me that feels this way” Anju Age 9
“My book loves me” Maya Age 7
“My son loved his Journal and was always eager to do the next section” Parent
of Zach Age 8

Pupil Journal: A5, 98 pp, coil-bound

Accompanying Teacher Handbook: A4, 72 pp, bound book

Q: My child is falling behind – they used to be a good learner – how can the Journal help? 

A: Children who are anxious are unable to remember and retain in the learning process. This is a neurological outcome of physiological stresses.  These stresses can be knowing that you are falling behind, wondering why you can’t recall, as well as managing the insecurity of regular attendance. You may not feel you have an anxious child but they are currently subject to anxiousness. The Journal focuses on understanding and managing their anxiety.

Q: Many pupils are finding it harder to learn and I am having to re-teach forgotten learning – Why?

A: Effective learning arrives from assimilating and accommodating new understandings within context. Reflecting on this enables the learner to prepare for further understanding. Anxiety interrupts the learning process. It’s outcome is loss of memory, lack of retention and lack of engagement which brings about loss of confidence – a downward spiral. The Journal focuses on helping pupils to understand and manage their anxiety. This results in improved learning.

Q: Do I need to buy both books?

A: The Journal can be purchased individually and is self paced. A parent needn’t  purchase the Teacher’s Handbook to have effective use of the resource. However, in a home-school or in-school setting the Handbook provides deeper understanding behind the lessons and guidance for lesson delivery.

Q: Is this only for 7-11 year olds?  

A: The Journal has been written with the reading ability and maturity level of this age range in mind. Examples given are also appropriate for this age group. If working 1-1 with a child to support reading and understanding this could be appropriate for a younger pupil. This could also stretch to a 12 year old especially as an entry point to exploring anxiety. Graphics used a purposely age and gender neutral.

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