Rose's research found that teachers lacked the confidence to promote wellbeing and resilience in their students. From here, Pennington Education was born; a framework that supports students' academic performance at the same time as their wellbeing and resilience.
The mission is to provide workshops and products for teachers, students and their families, and to bring together programs and services in a network enabling schools to implement effective practices.
Learning programs that promote both academic engagement and social emotional skills should be integrated into the school culture at every level.
Student wellbeing, resilience and academic engagement are all promoted with schoolwide initiatives, classroom practices engage students academically with pedagogical practices that foster social and emotional competencies at the same time, and social and emotional competencies (below) are explicitly taught and referred to in all subject areas.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) identifies five competencies that help students to deal effectively and ethically with daily life: self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
This is an academic intervention as well as a social emotional one. When teachers prioritise pedagogy that promotes these competencies, students are engaged and achieve academic outcomes (Durlak, 2011).
These skills can and should be fostered at home as well as at school. With this is mind I have also developed products and resources to guide parents and carers through difficult conversations and scenarios and to help their children reach their potential and thrive.
At Pennington Education we believe that all students deserve an equal chance to achieve academic and social and emotional outcomes. This means that classes must be differentiated to accommodate different needs.
Dr Gillian Pennington is an EAL/D consultant and works with schools to ensure that students who speak languages other than English are supported to reach their potential. For information about her teacher training workshops or school consultancy, please get in touch.