Principal praised by parents for introducing extra holidays to help improve students’ mental health.
Simon Cox, who is the principal at Woodlands School in Basildon, UK, said the extra holiday time will prove a huge benefit to ‘deprived’ families who often can’t afford the prices of activities and travel which are increased during the current holiday periods.
With the extra week, eligible students will be able to spend ‘enriching’ time with their families away from the classroom.
“We’ve decided to create a week at the end of every school year where families, if they meet the criteria and complete the forms, can take their children away for an enrichment activity and a holiday,” Cox told UK TV program This Morning.
“It is around the mental health. We have so many deprived families in our area and in our community that really this is about spending time with your family and away from the stresses of living,” the principal said.
“Over 500,000 young people were referred to the NHS for mental health issues last year”
The principal explained that the activities parents plan for ‘enrichment week’ have to be beneficial for the child.
“It has to be spiritual, moral, social, cultural. Parents need to list the activities they do when away,” he said.
“When you come back for the second week, [students] present to peers what [they’ve] done, what [they’ve] learned.”
The principal’s decision received an inundation of positive responses, praising the school for adopting modern strategies for helping young people.
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